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Rohingya refugee crisis: Top 5 reasons why Indian govt wants to deport them

The government told the Supreme Court on Monday that the plan to deport Rohingya refugees was a policy decision and the court should desist from interfering in the matter.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2017 18:14 IST
Ashok Bagriya
Ashok Bagriya
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A child from the Rohingya community stands outside a shack in a camp in New Delhi.
A child from the Rohingya community stands outside a shack in a camp in New Delhi.(Reuters file)

An affidavit filed by the government in the Supreme Court says Rohingya refugees are a security threat and they must be deported to Myanmar, a stand that is likely to rile human rights activists.

Here are the top 5 reasons why the Narendra Modi government wants Rohingyas deported:

1. The continued stay of Rohingyas, who number about 40,000 in India, has serious national security ramifications.

2. The government has security inputs indicating links of Rohingya refugees with Pakistan’s ISI, the Islamic State and other extremists groups that want to spread communal and sectarian violence in India. Rohingyas with militant background are also found to be very active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat.

3. The Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/anti-national activities i.e. mobilisation of funds through hundi/hawala channels, procuring fake/fabricated Indian identity documents such as PAN and voter ID cards for other Rohingyas and also indulging in human trafficking.

4. The fragile north-eastern corridor may become further destabilised in case of stridency of Rohingya militancy, which the Central government has found to be growing, if permitted to continue.

5.There is also a serious possibility of violence erupting against the Buddhists, who are Indian citizens and live in the country, by the radicalised Rohingyas.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 14:01 IST