GoI to file affidavit on Rohingyas in SC on Monday: Rajnath

Rohingya refugees strech their hand for relief supplies given by local people in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh

Talking to the media on the sidelines of an event, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "We will file the affidavit on 18th (September)".

The affidavit has to be filed following a Supreme Court directive in response to a petition filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, claiming that they had taken refuge in India following persecution against their community in Myanmar. Several Union Ministers, as well as Ministers in the Assam government, have in the past said that the Rohingyas are illegal immigrants in India and will have to leave the country.

The "incomplete" affidavit that was, on Thursday, sent "inadvertently" to some lawyers who have petitioned the Supreme Court on the Rohingya issue had said that it had been "found by the Central Government that numerous Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISIS/other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country". The flight of almost 3,00,000 Rohingya to neighbouring Bangladesh is a testimony to the wretchedness of their condition.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Sep 5 had said that all the Rohingyas coming into India after being thrown out from Myanmar are illegal immigrants and will be soon deported back.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mayawati said that the Centre should not force state governments to adopt a stern stand towards Rohingya refugees.

It cites intelligence inputs to say some sections among Rohingyas have links with terror groups and could be used by the ISIS for terror attacks in India.

According to the draft affidavit, the Centre had asked asked the apex court to refrain from interfering on the policy decision to deport Rohingyas.

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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. Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.

The government's draft affidavit says there is no "violation of fundamental rights of the petitioner" in this case.

Experts in India defend the government's stand.

Above: Rohingya refugees crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Mohammad Yusuf, the head of a Rohingya refugee camp in Jammu told PTI that they were staying in the region out of compulsion and they did not know they were going to Jammu when they fled and entered India.

"In fact the affidavit was/is in the process of being finalised".

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