Rohingya Musims who fled persecution in Myanmar cannot stay in India as they are a threat to national security, the Government of India told the Supreme Court on Thursday. The government was responding to the apex court’s questions on deportation of Rohingya refugees in a PIL filed in the court.
The government further stated that some Rohingya are linked to “terror groups”, and hence can not be allowed to stay.
The government of India’s anti-refuge stand on the Rohingya crisis is not new.
Earlier, when India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Jammu and Kashmir, he had termed the Rohingya as a national threat.
“The illegal foreign immigrants will be strongly dealt with,” Rajnath had said in reponse to a question on the Rohingya refugees living in various parts of India.
According to The Times of India, in August, the Indian government had declared that the “Rohingya pose serious securitychallenges as they may be recruited by terror groups, and asked the state governments to identify and deport them”.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had on 5 September said the Rohingya were illegal immigrants and stood to be deported.
Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have settled in India, and nearly 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations. They are estimated to be around 3,00,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had on Tuesday accused Myanmar of waging a “systematic attack” on the minority.
Al Hussein had also criticised the Narendra Modi government for itsanti-refugee stand on the issue.