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Centre to file affidavit on Rohingyas in Supreme Court on Monday

17 September 2017, 12:20 | Rufus Hill

More than half of the 412,000 Rohingyas who fled Myanmar live in impromptu camps

More than half of the 412,000 Rohingyas who fled Myanmar live in impromptu camps

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday hit out at those criticising the government's decision to deport Rohingyas staying illegally in the country, and said it is a "calibrated design" to "tarnish" India's image. "It undermines India's security", Rijiju said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

Many politicians including the Union ministers and ministers from the Assam government had called the Rohingyas illegal immigrants in India and said they could be associated with terrorists and hence are a threat to the security of India. Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.

In a bluntly worded affidavit submitted in Supreme Court, the government on Thursday has made it clear that it is against staying of Rohingya Muslims as illegal refugees in India.

The Centre has to file an affidavit in response to a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, who claim that they faced persecution in Myanmar, and said the Centre's plan to deport them was in violation of worldwide convention.

The Rohingya fled from western Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape a military offensive that has been described by the United Nations as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", and raised questions about Myanmar's transition to civilian rule under the leadership of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Torrential rain has added to the misery of the persecuted Rohingyas
Torrential rain has added to the misery of the persecuted Rohingyas

The statement of Russian Foreign Ministry came amid a global outcry against the latest atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslim minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine State.On September 13, the UN Security Council members, including Russia, expressed serious concern over the situation in the region. "We don't know exactly if they released that statement for political reasons", he said of Bangladesh's protest. "Then why not 40,000 Rohingyas?" he asked.

The state governments have also been directed to set up a special task force which would identify illegal immigrants.

"In fact the affidavit was/is in the process of being finalised". "When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done?"

India this week sent 53 tonnes of relief materials to Bangladesh for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar.

The clarification sent to lawyers who were representing two Rohingya petitioners in the Supreme Court has been signed by deputy government advocate BV Balram Das and says: "The CAS has served you a copy of the affidavit... by mistake".

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