'Wait for affidavit to know government's stand on Rohingyas'

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The Home Ministry has submitted an eight-page affidavit to the Supreme Court today, demanding that Rohingya Muslims can not be allowed to stay back in India and must be deported back to where they came from.

Information collected by APN, India Legal's sister concern, from sources say that the Centre is unlikely to change its purported stand that deporting Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar is "in national interest".

The Centre on Thursday clarified that the affidavit on Rohangiya refugees attributed to it is still being worked upon and that it was inadvertently served on the counsel for petitioner Muhammad Salimullah. Based on several assessments made by intelligence agencies, the government reached a conclusion that Rohingyas could be a security threat as they are vulnerable to be recruited by terror groups.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Sep 5 had said that all the Rohingyas coming into India after being thrown out from Myanmar are illegal immigrants and will be soon deported back. When questioned about the Ruling government led by Narendra Modi's stand on the deportation of the Rohingyas, Rajnath Singh said that whatever is the decision of the government will be clear on 18 Sep when it files the affidavit in the court. "It has also been found that many Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister design of IS (Islamic State terror group)/other extremist groups, who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India, including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in the sensitive areas of the country", the Centre's affidavit read. "Times like these offer the best gauge of whether India is truly ready to become a recognized regional power, and will influence issues such as garnering support for India's bid to join the United Nations Security Council", he said. "Illegal immigrants can't stay in India as refugees".

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'Some of the Rohingya with militant backgrounds are also found to be very active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat, and have been identified as having a very serious and potential threat to the internal/national security of India, ' said the affidavit.

The United Nations had appealed to the entire global community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees. The affidavit filed by the Union home ministry also stated that providing facilities and privileges to illegal immigrants would have adverse impact upon Indian citizens as it would deprive them of their legitimate share in the various sectors.

Since Aug. 25, more than 370,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN. His remarks came two days after UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein condemned India's decision to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar where they have faced persecution. Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state is a continuous process, the Home Ministry communication to states said.

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