India Rebuts Attempts to Make It 'Villain' in Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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On Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was forced to clarify that the Centre will file its affidavit in the Supreme Court on the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees in India on September 18.

After Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati urged the Centre to adopt a humanitarian approach towards thousands of Rohingya families seeking asylum in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that the Government of India can not allow a security situation of the country to suffer for the sake of allowing illegal immigrants on regional and religious consideration.

The Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority, are regarded as illegal immigrants in Myanmar. But Rohingyas have not been as fortunate as the Centre has directed the state governments to start identifying them for deportation.

The Centre also said that it was found that there were organised network of agents and touts facilitating illegal migration of Rohingyas in India.

The issue of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants has become hugely contentious as the home ministry has already stated that they were a potential security risk as they were more vulnerable to getting roped in by terror outfits.

The United Nations had appealed to the entire global community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees.

Rohingya Muslims who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh walk towards the nearest refugee camp at Teknaf
CPI (ML) to oppose Centre's any move to deport Rohingya Muslims

"The continuity of Rohingya immigration and their continued stay in India, apart from being illegal, has serious national security ramification".

Nobody wants to stay as a refugee, the minister of state for external affairs said.

'Some of the Rohingya with militant backgrounds are also found to be very active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat, and have been identified as having a very serious and potential threat to the internal/national security of India, ' said the affidavit.

The government's draft affidavit says there is no "violation of fundamental rights of the petitioner" in this case. The duo also stated that they were registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) and have challenged any possible move to deport them on the grounds that it violated global human rights conventions and some other issues.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "Government which talks about "sabka saath sabka vikas" is pushing them out of the country". It said Rohingyas couldn't claim protection under Article 21 of the Constitution to settle as residents of India and the Union Government has unrestrictive power to expel or deport Rohingyas. He said that it is in the process of being finalised.

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