Rohingya issue: Centre set to file affidavit in Supreme Court

by Abel Hampton September 17, 2017, 0:18
Rohingya issue: Centre set to file affidavit in Supreme Court

About 40 percent of the total Rohingya population living in the Rakhine State of Myanmar has now fled to Bangladesh, the United Nations has said. "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 further stated that some Rohingya are linked to "terror groups", and hence cannot be allowed to stay.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre would file an affidavit on the matter of deportation of Rohingya Muslims in Supreme Court on September 18.

The government's stand has been that infiltration of Rohingyas from Rakhine into Indian territory, especially in recent years, besides being a burden on the limited resources of the country, also aggravates security challenges posed to India. Another Minister of State in the Home Ministry, Hansraj Ahir, said on Wednesday that keeping Rohingyas in India will create law and order problems. The affidavit read that the Centre had received contemporaneous inputs saying that the some of the Rohingyas were linked with the Pakistan- and Bangladesh-based terror organisations.

The UNHCR had said that at least 2,70,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence-affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted.

The apex court had asked the government to file the affidavit on a plea against deportation of illegal Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar. Only about 40,000 Rohingyas are acknowledged as citizens in their country.

The government is due to file its affidavit in the Supreme Court in response to a public interest litigation filed by two Rohingya refugees living in India.

Rohingya residents - a stateless mostly Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority nation - allege that the military and Rakhine Buddhists responded with a brutal campaign against them, according to the reports.

The CM's reaction comes at a time when the Ministry of Home Affairs has alerted states to identify and monitor "illegal migrants". "After the formation of Bangladesh, the Chakmas came to India, and got the status of refugees", he said.

"In fact the affidavit was/is in the process of being finalised".

Protests took place in other districts of the country as well, Hefazat's Central Organising Secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi told the Dhaka Tribune. Myanmar has insisted that Rohingya insurgents and fleeing villagers themselves are destroying their villages.

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