NHRC to plead against deportation of Rohingyas on 'humanitarian grounds'

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About 40 percent of the total Rohingya population living in the Rakhine State of Myanmar has now fled to Bangladesh, the United Nations has said. "It undermines India's security", Rijiju said in a tweet on Wednesday. He also said that they (Rohingyas) might have some links with terror groups.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had on 5 September said the Rohingya were illegal immigrants and stood to be deported.

"We hope that the Government of India gives shelter, an opportunity to live a respectful life and a future to their children, because the Constitution gives the Right to Equality and the Right to Life, not only to its Indian citizens, but to all refugees as well", he said.

Owaisi's rhetoric comes after the central government announced that it is planning to deport Rohingya Muslims, who have come to India due to alleged persecution in Myanmar, as it considers them as illegal immigrants.

India on Thursday announced it will send food and medical assistance to help Bangladesh support vast numbers of Rohingya refugees who have crossed over from the border in Myanmar.

Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya has recently moved the apex court seeking to make him a party in the case filed by the two Rohingya Muslims. According to unofficial estimates, there are almost 40,000 Rohingyas in India, largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. "This is wrong. Under which law, can the Centre send all the Rohingya refugees back?" he added.

Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said that the issues of law and order would be faced if the Rohingya immigrants stay in the country permanently. The Supreme Court has fixed 18 Sep as the date for the hearing of the plea and the Home Minister said it will file the affidavit on 18 Sep. 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. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

China sees the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar as an opportunity to strengthen its relations with Yangon in the face of competition from India and western countries for business contracts in the country, analysts said.

"When Tibetan refugees, Tamil refugees can stay in India, why can't Rohingyas?"

The protesters also urged the people of the country to boycott all Myanmar products until its government stopped the oppression of Rohingya.

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