NEW DELHI: Criticism of India’s treatment of Rohingya Muslim refugees is “a calibrated design to tarnish India’s image” said Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju today. He reiterated that the ethnic minority is a security concern for India.
Last week, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Myanmar, Mr Rijiju said that all 40,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to India will be treated as illegal immigrants and will be deported.
His ministry has warned state governments that Rohingyas could be vulnerable to recruitment by terror groups. They are believed to be concentrated in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.