Government Will Follow Refugee Policy: Minister VK Singh On Rohingya Issue

Rohingya refugees stretch their hands out for relief supplies given by local people in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh

Maintaining tough stand, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Centre will file an affidavit on the Rohingya immigrants in the Supreme Court on September 18. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said there was a possibility that Rohingyas have links with terror groups.

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.

Around 40,000 Rohingyas - Muslims who fled Myanmar as violence against the ethnic minority spiked in the Rakhine region - have settled in India.

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. They are estimated to be around 3,00,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh.

"In neighbouring Myanmar, lakhs of Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Bangladesh and in some states of India due to continued unrest in their homeland".

What makes the purported deportation of the Rohingya from India legally untenable is that the Indian government, like any other in the world, is bound by customary worldwide law to respect the principle of non-refoulement. "It undermines India's security", Rijiju tweeted.

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Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

The lawyer declined to be named because an affidavit the home ministry is preparing to file with the court has not yet been finalized. "The counter-attacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government's undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed", he said.

Sources said they reviewed an intelligence report that red-flagged the penetration of Pakistan-based terror outfits, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba, among Rohingyas, contending that they would eventually be used to target India.

In response to Bangladesh's request for help, he said an aircraft chartered by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and another donated by the United Arab Emirates have landed in Bangladesh with emergency aid for Rohingya refugees. Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state is a continuous process, the Home Ministry communication to states said.

Experts in India defend the government's stand.

On August 18, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who have been residing in various parts of India.

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