The Central government on Monday filed an affidavit in Supreme Court (SC) on the issue of deportation of Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar. Reportedly the government will also submit a confidential report along with the final affidavit.

The Centre on Monday told the apex court that the influx of the Rohingya refugees started in 2012, as the top court directed the hearing on October 3 of a petition challenging their deportation to Myanmar.

The Central government informed the SC that the Centre’s policy in the issue of Rohingya migrants is an executive decision of the Govt and that the Court should not interfere with their policy.

The Centre plans to deport the 40,000-odd Rohingya refugees living illegally in India. The Indian government calls them “illegal, a security threat and (a) strain on India’s resources”.

While talking to media ahead of SC’s hearing, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju criticised the human rights groups by asking them not to spread “misinformation about India” regarding the issue of Rohingya refugees in the country. Rijiju said, “I request international human rights’ bodies to not spread misinformation about India and the Indian government, protecting the nation is our duty.”

“Our way forward will be based on nation’s interest and we’ll mention the same in our affidavit to be submitted in the Supreme Court. It is a sensitive matter. Whatever the government of India will do, will be in the nation’s interest,” added Rijiju.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had earlier said that the Rohingyas who were not registered with UNHCR were illegal immigrants. The Minister also told the Parliament that the states were asked to identify and deport illegal immigrants.

Earlier, alarmed with the increasing number of Rohingya Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, the Central government as well as the state government are checking their presence in the country and are planning to deport them to Myanmar under the Foreigners Act.

As many as 370,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh since August 25 to escape the ongoing violence against them in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Buddhist majority Myanmar believes that the Muslim ethic group Rohingya were never a part of their country. According to them they migrated over the centuries from what is now Bangladesh to Rakhine, previously Arakan during the colonial era. The Rohingyas who are mainly Muslims speak a dialect of the Bengali language.

First Published | 18 September 2017 12:49 PM
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