Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

India calls Rohingya a security threat to back deportation case

India calls Rohingya a security threat to back deportation case

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 15 September said that the government would inform the Supreme Court on its stand on the Rohingya immigrants on 18 September.

Terming the Rohingya refugees as "illegal" immigrants, the government on Monday told the Supreme Court that some of them were part of a "sinister" design of Pakistan's ISI and terror groups such as the ISIS, whose presence in the country will pose a "serious" national security threat.

The AIMIM leader urged the Union government to look at Rohingyas as a humanitarian one.

The Court also granted time to the petitioners to file rejoinder and posted the matter for hearing on October 3.

The Centre added that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/ anti-national activities ie mobilisation of funds through hundi/ hawala channels.

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They claimed that they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

The Centre also argued on Monday that the Rohingyas are a serious security threat for India, and there were enough intelligence inputs to prove its point.

"The right to reside and settle in the country is available only to citizens and not to illegal immigrants", the government contended, asserting that India was not bound by the United Nations convention on refugees as it was not a signatory.

The statement also highlighted the "serious potential" for an "eruption of violence against the Buddhists who are Indian citizens who stay on Indian soil".

The ASG told the court that the government would place facts in detail which the Centre has been receiving for many years as well as other information concerning national security in a sealed cover only for the perusal of the court. "Curbing illegal migration is a priority area since it has major security economic and social ramifications and impinges significantly on the basic rights of Indian citizens", said a senior official who is directly dealing with this case, requesting not to be named.

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Taking the minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju to task, he slammed the BJP led government for handling Rohingya Muslims with blinkered vision and communal mindset.

The plea said that India has ratified and is a signatory to various conventions that recognise the principle of "non-refoulement", which prohibits the deportation of refugees to a country where they may face threat to their lives.

However, the Indian government is keen to shut its doors in the Rohingyas.

Pointing that the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar started in 2012-13, the Centre said there was an organised "influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts" facilitating their entry into India through West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.

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