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Mayawati wants Centre to take sympathetic view of Rohingyas

Mayawati wants Centre to take sympathetic view of Rohingyas

India's top court is hearing a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government's decision to deport Rohingya Muslims, filed by two Rohingyas living in Delhi who fled their village in Myanmar's western Rakhine State about six years ago.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the government's stand regarding the Rohingyas will be cleared on 18 Sep to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had asked the government to file the affidavit on a plea against the deportation of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants to Myanmar.

The Centre on Thursday clarified that the affidavit on Rohangiya refugees attributed to it is still being worked upon and that it was inadvertently served on the counsel for petitioner Muhammad Salimullah. In the draft affidavit, the Centre said there were "contemporaneous inputs" received by it that indicated links of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan and Bangladesh-based terror organisations.

The Indian government has described attempts to brand India as a "villain" in the Rohingya Muslims refugee crisis as "a calibrated design to tarnish India's image".

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The government further stated that some Rohingya are linked to "terror groups", and hence cannot be allowed to stay.

The United Nations had appealed to the entire global community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees. "It (such statements) undermines India's security". These groups, it has said, are active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat. From Bangladesh, some Rohingyas have crossed into India.

Even earlier, the government had said that it can not allow security situation of the country to suffer for the sake of allowing illegal immigrants on regional and religious considerations.

However, as news spread of the government filing the said affidavit in the Supreme Court, the Central Agency Section (CAS) of the Union law ministry clarified late on Thursday night that the document was "incomplete". "The government should also hold talks with governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the problems of Rohingya Muslims, so that there exodus from their country is stopped", the BSP supremo said.

The OCHA was concerned about reports of continued violence, fires, and displacement of tens of thousands of people in Rathedaung Township in Rakhine State, Dujarric said. "There is also a serious potential and possibility of eruption of violence against Myanmar government/its diplomatic missions and also against Buddhists who are Indian citizens and who stay on Indian soil by the radicalised Rohingyas".


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