The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA government at the Centre on Thursday shut doors on Rohingya Muslims living in India, calling them a threat to national security. “Rohingyas can’t stay in India as refugees. Rohingya Muslims are threat to National Security,” government told Supreme Court today, reported CNN News 18. In its affidavit given to the apex court, the Foreigners’ Division of the home ministry emphasised that there have been intelligence reports that some Rohingyas are involved in militancy and are very active in places such as Delhi, Jammu, Hyderabad and Mewat. The report also stated that the government claimed that the policy decision to expel Rohingya refugees from India is based upon objective factors and should not be tinkered with.
The affidavit filed by the government comes as a response to a PIL filed by some Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar fearing persecution. The affidavit filed by the Union home ministry also stated that providing facilities and privileges to illegal immigrants would have adverse impact upon Indian citizens as it would deprive them of their legitimate share in the various sectors. The Court will hear the PIL on Monday.
Even earlier, the government had said that it cannot allow security situation of the country to suffer for the sake of allowing illegal immigrants on regional and religious considerations. Speaking to ANI, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao had said that the Centre is fulfilling all its humanitarian obligations but it cannot overlook the manner in which a large number of illegal immigrants have been residing here and posing a challenge to the security of the country.
The Rohingyas refugees have been fleeing from Myanmar in large numbers. The Rohingyas are a minority ethnic group located in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state and are considered to be a variation of the Sunni religion.