Rohingya presence poses national security threat: Centre to SC

The Centre on Monday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on the issue of deportation of Rohingya Muslims from India and told the apex court that the decision whether or not to allow refugees to settle in the country was best left to the Executive.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2017 9:37 pm
rohingya, Rohingya Muslims, Rohingya immigrants, rohingya refugees Rohingya presence in the country has serious national security ramifications and it poses national security threats,”said the govt affidavit. (Express Photo by Oinam Anand)

The Centre on Monday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on the issue of deportation of Rohingya Muslims from India and told the apex court that the presence of Rohingyas in the country posed national security threats while pointing out that intelligence inputs suggested links of some Rohingya immigrants with Pak-based terror groups.

It also told the SC that the decision whether or not to allow refugees to settle in the country was best left to the Executive. The Supreme Court had told the government to file the affidavit after a plea was put before it against the deportation of the illegal immigrants to Myanmar.

The Centre said in the apex court: “As far as Rohingyas are concerned, they claimed to have entered from Myanmar using porous border between India and Myanmar. The total number of such illegal immigrants into our country would be more than 40,000 approximately as on date.”

“Rohingya presence in the country has serious national security ramifications and it poses national security threats. Illegal influx of Rohingyas into India started in 2012-13 and inputs suggest links of some of the immigrants with Pak-based terror groups,” it said, adding “There is a serious possibility of eruption of violence against Buddhists who are Indian citizens and who stay on Indian soil by radicalized Rohingyas.”

The Centre said, “Some Rohingyas with militant background were active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat and are a potential threat to internal security.”

Taking note of the Centre’s reply, the court has adjourned the hearing in the matter to October 3.

Speaking on the issue earlier on Monday to ANI, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said: “It is a sensitive matter. Whatever Govt of India will do, will be in nation’s interest. Our way forward will be based on nation’s interest & we’ll mention the same in our affidavit to be submitted in the Supreme Court.”

Hitting out at human rights groups’ criticism towards the Centre’s stand on the issue, he said: “I request international human rights’ bodies to not spread misinformation about India and the Indian govt; protecting the nation is our duty.”

The plea was filed by Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, both Rohingya immigrants, who are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Both the immigrants plea that they escaped Myanmar on account of widespread violence, bloodshed, discrimination and persecution against the Rohingyas.

The plea against deportations was based on grounds of violation of conventions of international human rights. The Home Ministry in July expressed concerns that the Rohingya immigrants pose a challenge to the country’s security and that they may be recruited by terror outfits. The Central Ministry had then directed state governments that they must set up district-level task forces to identify and deport illegal immigrants.

The Centre informed Parliament on August 9 citing data available at the time that there were at least 14,000 Rohingya immigrants registered with UNHCR living in India. The immigrants are spread over Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

Rohingya immigrants hail from Myanmar’s Rakhine state and according to the prevailing constitutional and political situation in the country, are considered a stateless people.

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  1. piyush agarwal
    Oct 9, 2017 at 1:13 pm
    It’s a shame that even after so many days Supreme Court has not given any final verdict on such sensitive issues of national security neither allowed government to take action. Such delays clearly shows interest of judges, allowing Rohingya’s to migrate and spread in India. It’s a shame on India’s Judiciary where HC judges pass verdict within no time to realize losses of riots from Ram Raheem but Supreme Court judges are still delaying on such sensitive issues. We should have rules to prosecute judges for such laxity and trial against them for losses due to such delays and anti-national favors.
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      ramved
      Sep 18, 2017 at 8:51 pm
      One simple Q- Why SC is wasting time on this? How can SC decide whether to allow foreign citizens to enter illegally or not? As per law no one can enter the country without proper legal documents. So please do not waste time on this.
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      1. Faku Faking
        Sep 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm
        Based on a CTA survey from 2009, 127,935 Tibetans were registered in the diaspora: in India 94,203 in Nepal 13,514 in Bhutan 1,298 and in rest of the world 18,920. However, their number is estimated at up to 150,000, as mentioned by both Edward J. Mills et al. in 2005 and by the 14th Dalai Lama in 2009.
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        IndianAtHeart
        Sep 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm
        I am fully with the govt on this. We should learn from history and not support Rohingyan's for short term political reasons.
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          Kumar
          Sep 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm
          Indians must understand all illegal immigrants should be arrested and deported. If these people cannot live in Burma with Buddhists they cannot live with Hindus in India. Time to come they will create more problems with in India. Supreme Court cannot direct elected government how to govern the country especially on national security issues.Parliment is the highest legislative body elected by 1.2 b people. Two to three people cannot direct the Parliament what to do and what not to do. When Sri Lankan Tamil refugees came to Tamil Nadu everybody kept in the camp. No one made any protest most of them are Hindus. Human Rights Bodies and Supreme Court never take any action. Why now, All these people should send back to Burma.
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            sanjay dhamdhere
            Sep 18, 2017 at 7:41 pm
            Remember how indira gandhi solved refugee problem in 1972.when people's from west pakistan now bangladesh arrives in west bangal. Myanmar must take back their citizens.why they are allowing them to enter in india.
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            1. Faku Faking
              Sep 18, 2017 at 10:02 pm
              india is full of educated illustrates like you.
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