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India brandishes 'intelligence report' of Rohingyas' militant links

20 September 2017

THE Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that the Rohingya Muslims are "illegal" immigrants in the country and their continuous stay posed "serious national security ramifications".

Mukesh Mittal, a senior home ministry official, said the Supreme Court must let the government to take a decision in Indian interests because of Rohingya links to extremist groups.

The fundamental rights of Indians will also be seriously violated if Rohingya refugees are allowed to stay in the country and deprive Indians of their legitimate share, it added.

He told news agency ANI that if India decides to not allow Rohingyas then the worldwide community can not ask it to take allow refugees.

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As the Myanmar government does not recognise the Rohingyas as its citizens, in general, it will be hard for India to deport them.

Pointing that the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar started in 2012-13, the Centre said there was an organised "influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts" facilitating their entry into India through West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.

The Rohingya people - majority Muslims - have accused the Myanmar military and Buddhists of Rakhine of responding with a brutal campaign against them.

The Centre said India has not signed any global treaty on refugees and was under no obligation to keep the Rohingyas, lakhs of whom have fled Myanmar over the past few weeks to escape a crackdown by government forces in the neighbouring country.

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"He was on a mission to radicalize Muslims of north-eastern states especially Rohingya Muslims to prepare for jihad against the Buddhists in Myanmar".

"Even Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans who came from their respective countries fearing persecution were illegal the day they crossed over".

Some 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, following Rohingya militant attacks on police posts in August that triggered military retaliation. The U.N. has said the army action could amount to ethnic cleansing.

"We have always condemned the attacks (on Myanmar security forces) and we will continue to do so in future", he said. Most of the Rohingya fled to Bangladesh, but others have ended up in India, Nepal and Pakistan.

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India brandishes 'intelligence report' of Rohingyas' militant links