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India says Rohingya refugees threat to national security

20 September 2017, 12:52 | Shelley Chandler

A Rohingya refugee girl looks out as makeshift shelters become flooded due to heavy rain in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh

A Rohingya refugee girl looks out as makeshift shelters become flooded due to heavy rain in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh

The Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday over deportation of Rohingya refugees.

Center has mainly said in the affidavit that this is purely an executive matter to be decided by the government and that the court has no business to interfere on the matters of illegal immigrants.

The Central Government observed that some Rohingyas are mobilizing funds through hawala channels, procuring fake documents and indulging in human trafficking.

Many Rohingya refugees have links with the global terror outfit Islamic State as well as Pakistan's spy agency ISI and allowing them to stay in India would pose a security threat to the country, the government told the Supreme Court on Monday. Nearly 400,000 refugees have fled the borders of Myanmar and entered into Bangladesh.

Singhvi said: "We beseech the government with all earnestness and humility to not use blanket approaches as we are given to understand that the affidavit submitted in the Supreme court suggests that the government of India is not bound by any worldwide treaty". Denying any mass influx of Rohingya Muslims into Sri Lanka, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake said that even if some of them had managed to land on Sri Lankan shores, it was, in all likelihood, in small numbers - of not more than 20-25 people.

Meanwhile, the apex court fixed October 3 as the date to hear a plea challenging the deportation of Rohingyas to Myanmar.

Citing India's large population and its complex social, cultural and economic infrastructure, the Centre said that it would take a decision keeping in mind the larger interest of the nation along with other factors such as its natural resources, requirements of the country's population and the national security threat it may pose. Senior home ministry official Mukesh Mittal said the Indian government would privately show the court material gathered from "sensitive investigations" to substantiate the claims in its affidavit.

The continued stay of Rohingyas, who number about 40,000 in India, has serious national security ramifications.

The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, did not issue notice to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which is already seized of the matter and had on August 18 issued notice to the Centre.

The Centre said the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar started in 2012.

The Indian federal government is trying to deport Rohingya Muslims over their alleged "terror ties", as the ethnic minority faces a brutal military crackdown in Burma that the United Nations has said could amount to ethnic cleansing.

It also said there was information on Rohingya involvement in plots by Isis and other "extremist groups" to ignite communal and sectarian violence in India.

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