Rohingya crisis: Security, population balance to decide course of action, says Jaitley

Francis Osborne
September 20, 2017

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 BJP government.

Asserting that the Rohingya issue was very sensitive and the Centre's "blanket approach" will not help sort out the matter, the Congress on Monday demanded the government to take all parties into confidence.

"We have asked the law enforcement agencies and the local administration to take measures so that the Rohingya population do not move out of the areas earmarked for them", he said.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the government will provide evidence of Rohingya links with extremist Islamic groups and illegal transfer of money at the next hearing.

According to Ashin Ven Pandita, who is now studying Buddhism in Sri Lanka, posted on his facabook on September 14, that about 30 people who identified themselves as Rohingyas arrived with Myanmar passports and that was why arrival visa was suspended temporarily.

The statement came in response to a petition filed at the Supreme Court challenging a government decision to deport the Rohingya, many of whom have been in India for the past decade.

According to a United Nations estimate, over 3,79,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the Rakhine state in northern Myanmar and entered Bangladesh since 25 August.

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Rejecting the view that Rohingiyas should be allowed to stay in India on humanitarian grounds, Madhav said the government was taking care of the "humanitarian interest" of the country's 1.3 billion people.

As per reports, Centre cited the Foreigners Act to seek the deportation of Rohingyas who have been termed as a threat to national security in the affidavit.

The latest exodus began after Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Rakhine state on August 25 triggering a military backlash.

"They will either be sent back to Myanmar as the situation improves [there] or [we] will send them to another country that matches with their way of living".

The U.N. General Assembly is meeting in NY this week. About 412,000 fled to Bangladesh, but some have also reached India, Nepal and Pakistan in recent weeks.

The hearing will continue next month.

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