India to send relief materials for Rohingya refugees in B'desh

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Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that the Centre has filed an affidavit saying Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar are a "threat to [India's] national security".

Myanmar's presidential spokesman on Saturday said there's no evidence of any trespassing and that Dhaka should have reached out to discuss its concerns instead of issuing public statements. India has also made a decision to grant citizenship to Buddhist and Hindu refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

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

On August 18, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who have been residing in various parts of India.

The Centre has made a decision to file its affidavit on the issue of deportation of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants in the Supreme Court on Monday.

Rohingya Muslim refugees have taken shelter in India and a large number of them in Bangladesh to escape persecution against them by Myanmar authorities.

The government's stand has been that infiltration of Rohingyas from Rakhine into Indian territory, especially in recent years, besides being a burden on the limited resources of the country, also aggravates security challenges posed to India.

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Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya has recently moved the apex court seeking to make him a party in the case filed by the two Rohingya Muslims. Only about 40,000 Rohingyas are acknowledged as citizens in their country.

Banerjee's appeal for helping the Rohingyas comes at a time when the Ministry of Home Affairs has alerted states to identify and monitor "illegal migrants".

The decision to deport Rohingyas comes as Myanmar's military crackdown in Rakhine has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek shelter in Bangladesh, in a process the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing. He said that it is in the process of being finalised.

In their petition, Mohammad Shaqir and Mohammad Salimullah argued their deportation would violate India's Constitution as well as the principle of "non-refoulement", which prohibits the deportation of refugees.

Russian foreign ministry said that Moscow considers Rohingya crisis as an internal issue and any sort of outside intervention will "further exacerbate religious strife".

India this week sent 53 tonnes of relief materials to Bangladesh for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar.

Government sources also say that that the Rohingyas need to be deported, keeping in mind certain strategic reasons.

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