Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Centre has not filed any affidavit in SC regarding Rohingyas, says Rijiju

Centre has not filed any affidavit in SC regarding Rohingyas, says Rijiju

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday hit out at those criticising the government's decision to deport Rohingyas staying illegally in the country, and said it is a "calibrated design" to "tarnish" India's image.

Myanmar's presidential spokesman on Saturday said there's no evidence of any trespassing and that Dhaka should have reached out to discuss its concerns instead of issuing public statements.

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.

"India has more moral authority than China to comment on the Rohingya crisis", Richard Rossow, senior adviser in US-India relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told TOI. According to home ministry officials there were almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims staying illegally in the country.

Kumar further urged that Muslim countries should come forward and accept Rohingya muslims.

Since the military crackdown began, at least 30,000 Rohingya people have been killed, while almost 400,000 forced out of their homeland and flee to Bangladesh as entire villages were burnt down, according to the UNHCR.

In their plea, Rohingya immigrants Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), said they took refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar because of widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there. It's wrong. Under which law can the Centre send back Rohingya refugees?

"The refugees are no doubt foreign nationals but they are human beings and before taking a big step, the government of India has to look into every aspect of the situation, keeping the fact that members of the Rohingya community, who have crossed into Indian borders and are residing here for long, have a fear of persecution once they are pushed back to their native country", the statement said. "Then why not 40,000 Rohingyas?" he asked.

In an alleged copy of the affidavit from the Indian Home Ministry leaked on Thursday, the Rohingya Muslims are called a "serious threat to national security" who must be deported in the interest of the nation.

The court will hear the matter on September 18. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

The protesters also urged the people of the country to boycott all Myanmar products until its government stopped the oppression of Rohingya.

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