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Rohingya issue: Centre set to file affidavit in Supreme Court

Rohingya issue: Centre set to file affidavit in Supreme Court

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

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA government at the Centre on Thursday shut doors on Rohingya Muslims living in India, calling them a threat to national security.

The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), said they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

The "incomplete" affidavit that was, on Thursday, sent "inadvertently" to some lawyers who have petitioned the Supreme Court on the Rohingya issue had said that it had been "found by the Central Government that numerous Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISIS/other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country".

Dujarric said that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated that 370,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since August 25.

On Thursday, a senior lawyer representing India's government told the supreme court that "the state considers that Rohingyas are a threat to national security".

It cites intelligence inputs to say some sections among Rohingyas have links with terror groups and could be used by the ISIS for terror attacks in India.

Rohingyas are a threat to national security. "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. "The government should also hold talks with governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the problems of Rohingya Muslims, so that there exodus from their country is stopped", the BSP supremo said.

A Rohingyan refugee cradles his infant son. The government claimed these groups to be operating in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mewat in north India.

"I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country", Dujarric said in Geneva on Monday.

Both UN and human rights activists argue that despite India not being a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, it is bound by global principles of non-refoulement which holds that no nation should deport a refugee to territories where his life or freedom would be under threat based on his race, religion, nationality, or membership of a social or political group. He said that it is in the process of being finalised.