New Delhi: The Central government on Thursday maintained its tough stand on Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, telling the Supreme Court that these illegal immigrants can’t stay in India.
The government said that Rohingyas are threat to national security and hence it warrants deportation of them from India. The Centre has taken a stance that it can’t allow illegal refugees to stay in India and has urged the SC not to intervene in this matter. Dubbing the Rohingya immigrants as a security threat, the Centre made it clear that it was seriously mulling over the plan to deport them.
A Ministry of Home Affairs advisory based on the intelligence report too had described the Rohingyas as a security threat to India.
India has also hit back at the United Nations, after its human rights chief ‘deplored’ New Delhi’s planned move to deport the Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Geneva, had stressed that New Delhi cannot ignore the security concerns purely to accommodate the inflow of refugees.
There are about 11 lakh Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar but they suffer discrimination and are denied citizenship. Some 379,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar since violence against them in Rakhine state started on August 25, after Rohingya militants attacked police posts there.