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India sees threat from Rohingyas' terror links

India sees threat from Rohingyas' terror links

The spokesperson of Ministry of Home Affairs, Ashok Prasad, on Thursday refuted the reports that Centre has filed affidavit on Rohingya Muslims in Supreme Court.

Earlier, when India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Jammu and Kashmir, he had termed the Rohingya as a national threat.

The government has said it is still finalising a written submission it will present to the Supreme Court next Monday, a draft of which was circulated today and reported in the media. At least 1,25,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar's western state of Rakhine to adjacent Bangladesh after the military cracked down on Rohingya insurgents who attacked an army base and dozens of police posts.

The government fears that the north-eastern corridor that has already seen many insurgencies, including ULFA in Assam and Naga uprising in Nagaland as well as a volatile Manipur, could be further exploited by elements from the Rohingya Muslim community.

The chief of HuJI, a major terror network in Pakistan and Bangladesh, is also a Pakistani national of Rohingya origin.

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His remarks came after India had taken strong exception to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's criticism of India for wanting to deport Rohingya refugees. 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. "The counter-attacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government's undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed", he said. It said Rohingyas couldn't claim protection under Article 21 of the Constitution to settle as residents of India and the Union Government has unrestrictive power to expel or deport Rohingyas.

The government's stand has been that infiltration of Rohingyas from Rakhine into Indian territory, especially in recent years, besides being a burden on the limited resources of the country, also aggravates security challenges posed to India.

The views of Centre were endorsed by former ambassador to Bangladesh, Veena Sikri, who said the decision to deport the Rohingyas is justified if viewed from the perspective of national security.

"Providing facilities and privileges to illegal immigrants would have adverse impact upon Indian citizens as it would deprive them of their legitimate share of the employment sector, subsidized housing, medical and educational facilities and would therefore culminate into hostility towards immigrants, social tension and law and order problems", the leaked affidavit states. The ministry has also asked the state governments to identity such illegal immigrants and initiate deportation process.

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