Govt Shuts Door on Rohingya Refugees, Calls Them Threat to National Security

New Delhi: Calling Rohingya Muslims a “serious threat to national security” and as a class vulnerable to be exploited for terrorist activities by ISIS, the central government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that they must be deported “in the larger interest of the nation”.

In its affidavit to the court, the Foreigners’ Division of the home ministry underscored that there have been intelligence reports that some Rohingyas are involved in militancy and are “very active” in Delhi, Jammu, Hyderabad and Mewat.

The government contended that the policy decision to expel Rohingya refugees from India is based upon objective factors and it should not be tinkered with by the Supreme Court in its PIL jurisdiction.

The affidavit has been filed in response to a PIL filed by some Rohingya refugees, who have fled Myanmar fearing persecution. The court had last week sought a response from the Centre after Prashant Bhushan appeared on behalf of the petitioners.

Replying to the plea, the MHA has maintained that allowing Rohingyas to stay in India will put in peril the security of the nation as well fundamental rights of Indian citizens.

“It is found that continuity of Rohingya immigration and their continued stay in India, apart from being absolutely illegal, has serious national security ramifications and who will have a very serious adverse impact on the fundamental rights of Indian citizens to share the natural resources of the country,” the affidavit stated.

It added that contemporaneous inputs have been received by the central government indicating links of some unauthorized Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan and Bangladesh based terror organisations.

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