India sees threat from Rohingyas' terror links

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2017

The Home Ministry has submitted an eight-page affidavit to the Supreme Court today, demanding that Rohingya Muslims can not be allowed to stay back in India and must be deported back to where they came from.

Home minister Rajnath Singh clarifies that affidavit on the Rohingya deportation issue will be filed in the Supreme Court on Sept 18.

The Indian government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that Rohingya refugees were "a threat to national security", pushing back against the condemnation of its plans to deport them.

The violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese armymen have led to an exodus of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh.

The Centre on Thursday clarified that the affidavit on Rohangiya refugees attributed to it is still being worked upon and that it was inadvertently served on the counsel for petitioner Muhammad Salimullah.

The government, she said, should also hold talks with governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the problems of Rohingya Muslims. "It (such statements) undermines India's security".

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"MHA has not filed any affidavit on Rohingyas in SC".

Govindacharya has opposed their plea saying they were "a burden" on the country's resources and posed a serious threat to national security.

Rijiju had earlier said that the government will follow due process of law before illegal Rohingya Muslims are deported and no one should attempt to "demonize" India for adhering to its laws. The affidavit filed by the Union home ministry also stated that providing facilities and privileges to illegal immigrants would have adverse impact upon Indian citizens as it would deprive them of their legitimate share in the various sectors.

Mohammad Yusuf, the head of a Rohingya refugee camp in Jammu told PTI that they were staying in the region out of compulsion and they did not know they were going to Jammu when they fled and entered India. Whether or not India chooses to ratify the 1951 convention, there are several Supreme Court verdicts which disallow the Indian government from arbitrarily and summarily deporting refugees from its territory. Intelligence officials are also trying to determine if a Rohingya in Kashmir was the guide for terrorists who crossed the border last month for a major attack on a police compound in Pulwama in which eight security personnel were killed. Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the United Nations estimates.

The OCHA was concerned about reports of continued violence, fires, and displacement of tens of thousands of people in Rathedaung Township in Rakhine State, Dujarric said.

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