Are Rohingyas really a threat to national security?

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Rohingya Crisis Bangladesh Accuses Myanmar Of Violating Airspace Summons Envoy

On Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was forced to clarify that the Centre will file its affidavit in the Supreme Court on the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees in India on September 18.

Stating government's decision on Rohingya refugees, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said, "Let me make it very clear. they are not Indians, they are illegal migrants".

Rohingya Musims who fled persecution in Myanmar can not stay in India as they are a threat to national security, the Government of India told the Supreme Court on Thursday. However, the language of the final affidavit is likely to be "minimally altered" keeping in mind the global reaction that India's effort to banish refugees of the persecuted ethnic minority back to a country where their brethren are being mercilessly butchered by the Junta is likely to attract.

Meanwhile, on Thursday Centre had withdrawn an affidavit on the same issue which was presented in the Supreme Court on the grounds that it had not yet been finalised and was served inadvertently. They are estimated to be around 3,00,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh.

This comes two days after United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein described attempts by India to deport illegal Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as "deplorable". "The continuity of Rohingya immigration and their continued stay in India, apart from being illegal, has serious national security ramification", said the draft.

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The government told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. "It undermines India's security", Rijiju tweeted.

The United Nations had appealed to the entire worldwide community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees.

Rijiju had earlier said that the government will follow due process of law before illegal Rohingya Muslims are deported and no one should attempt to "demonize" India for adhering to its laws.

He further added: "Government is certainly fulfilling all its humanitarian obligations but at the same time Government of India can not consider religion and vote bank politics that BSP, SP and Congress are involved in". The government has said that it will remove Rohingyas but through a legal route. Another Minister of State in the Home Ministry, Hansraj Ahir, said on Wednesday that keeping Rohingyas in India will create law and order problems. Intelligence officials are also trying to determine if a Rohingya in Kashmir was the guide for terrorists who crossed the border last month for a major attack on a police compound in Pulwama in which eight security personnel were killed.

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