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Mayawati urges centre to adopt humanitarian approach for Rohingya Muslims

Mayawati urges centre to adopt humanitarian approach for Rohingya Muslims

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.

The government has to file an affidavit with the Supreme Court in response to Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by two Rohingya refugees living in India. Several Union Ministers, as well as Ministers in the Assam government, have in the past said that the Rohingyas are illegal immigrants in India and will have to leave the country.

The government has said it is still finalising a written submission it will present to the Supreme Court next Monday, a draft of which was circulated today and reported in the media. But Rohingyas have not been as fortunate as the Centre has directed the state governments to start identifying them for deportation.

An intelligence report reviewed by PMO officials concluded that penetration of Pakistan-based terrorist outfits into Rohingya community is a serious emerging threat as the same would ultimately be used for targeting India, mainly the North East, which is close to both Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The government said that that Rohingyas are threat to national security and hence it warrants deportation of them from India.

Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the global community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus. Mr Rijiju had also clarified that India would follow due process of laws on deportation rather than throwing the illegal migrants into an "ocean or shoot them down". These groups, it has said, are active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat. The Indian government issued a sharp rebuttal to this, saying India is "proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights".

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

The affidavit adds, 'There is also a serious potential and possibility of eruption of violence against Myanmar government/its diplomatic missions and also against Buddhists who are Indian citizen who stay on Indian soil by the radicalised Rohingya'.

Even earlier, the government had said that it can not allow security situation of the country to suffer for the sake of allowing illegal immigrants on regional and religious considerations. Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state is a continuous process, the Centre said.