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Rohingyas are a threat to national security

20 September 2017

"Every country will decide its course of action based on its foreign and security policy and balance of population", said the minister a day after Centre told the Supreme Court that the Rohingyas were a threat to the nation.

The Centre added that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/ anti-national activities ie mobilisation of funds through hundi/ hawala channels.

Reacting to the Centre's affidavit in the apex court that the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar posed serious threat to national security, the Hyderabad MP said it was propaganda by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.

A group of countries, led by the United Kingdom, met with representatives of the Myanmar government in NY, calling on them to stop the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority and allow aid to be provided.

India says all the Rohingya refugees have to go back to Myanmar and India will not consume the refugees.

Myanmar, a Buddhist-majority country, denies the Rohingya people citizenship because it considers them to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The apex court rejected a plea to issue a notice to India's National Human Rights Commission, headed by a former Supreme Court judge, which opposed deportation of Rohingyas.

Meantime, police said on Monday that they had arrested a suspected member of al Qaeda who they believed was trying to recruit Rohingya living in the country to fight security forces in Myanmar.

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In a reply to the Supreme Court on Monday, the Centre alleged that some sections of the Rohingyas had connections to Islamic State among other terrorist outfits and Pakistan's spy agency ISI. "No illegal immigrant can pray for a writ of this Court which directly or indirectly confers the fundamental rights in general.", the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

The Centre said that since India is not a signatory to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951, the obligations concerned to non-refoulement is not applicable.

Bangladesh government initiated the biometric registration system on September 11, to ensure the accurate number and identity of the Rohingya.

The Rohingya Muslims live in India after fleeing Myanmar over the past decade. Their petition says that the Centre's plan to deport them violated global conventions.

The UN's human rights chief last week deplored Indian government's move to deport Rohingya refugees.

The plea against deportations was based on grounds of violation of conventions of global human rights.

Meanwhile, some news reports said that Sri Lanka has suspended issuing visa-on-arrival to travellers from Myanmar, fearing the possible arrival of more refugees.

Rohingyas are a threat to national security