India says Rohingya refugees threat to national security

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State secretary Tin Maung Swe said Reuters could not visit the area for security reasons, but said the authorities were assessing needs of those living there. And once such displaced people move to another country they can not be pushed back to their own land without the consent of that concerned country.

The plea said that India has ratified and is a signatory to various conventions that recognise the Principle of "Non- Refoulement', which prohibits deportation of refugees to a country where they may face threat to their lives".

The Centre added that it has "contemporaneous inputs from security agencies indicating links of some unauthorised Rohingyas with Pakistan terror organisations". It said that being a policy decision, the court should not interfere with it.

The Centre also pointed out that Rohingyas had made an illegal entry into India and there was a foolproof system in place to ensure they could easily sneak into the country.

"I would like you all to come to Bangladesh and hear from them about the atrocities in Myanmar", she said.

The matter will now be taken up on October 3.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped by hostile Buddhists in northwestern Myanmar have enough food and will not be granted the safe passage they requested from two remote villages, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

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Many of them managed to acquire fake/fraudulently identity documents such as PAN cards and voter ID cards.

While Bangladesh has earned global praise for opening its doors to the Rohingyas, aid agencies have warning of a growing humanitarian crisis as authorities struggle to provide even basic facilities for the new arrivals. The government says illegal immigration from neighbouring countries has been changing the demographic profile of some border states which is already causing far-reaching complications. The BJP has asked the opposition not to politicise an issue of national security.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the Rohingya at the Supreme Court hearing, said the Indian constitution "provides equal rights and liberty to every person" including non-citizens.

Home Minister Kiren Rijiju recently revealed that only 14,000 or so Rohingya Muslims in India were registered with the United Nations refugee agency, and that India was considering deporting the illegal refugees.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, meanwhile, said it was now for the Supreme Court to take a call on the issue.

It also said the influx of illegal immigrants had a "direct detrimental effect on the fundamental and basic human rights of the country's own citizens".

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