Rohingyas are a 'serious' threat, Centre tells Supreme Court

Rohingyas are a 'serious' threat, Centre tells Supreme Court

Indian officials claim that about 40,000 Rohingya came to India illegally four or five years ago from Bangladesh where they had gathered after fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

The violent attacks, allegedly by Myanmarese army men, have led to an exodus of Muslim Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh.

The Rohingya are one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities in the Buddhist-majority nation.

However, the Indian government is keen to shut its doors in the Rohingyas.

It also said the government had intelligence indicating links between the Rohingya refugees and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group as well as other extremists.

"The government submitted to court that it must not interfere with the executive policy decision on deporting the Rohingya and the court had no jurisdiction on the matter", said Prashant Bhushan, a lawyer who took the case on behalf of two Rohingya refugees in Delhi.

The Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday on the Rohingya matter. Simon Henshaw, the top US diplomat for refugee and migration issues, said the USA applauds Suu Kyi's recent call for the Rohingya to return but is urging her to ensure the situation is safe for them to come home.

"Many people are arriving hungry, exhausted and with no food or water", Mark Pierce, Bangladesh country director for the Save the Children aid agency said in a statement.

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The Myanmar government has declared the group a terrorist organisation and accused it of setting the fires and attacking civilians.

Since August 25, a brutal crackdown by Myanmar's security forces has seen almost 400,000 Rohingya escape into neighbouring Bangladesh, triggering a humanitarian catastrophe.

An estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims, including the petitioners, live in India and are registered with the United Nations refugee agency in India.

Rohingyas have been severely persecuted in Myanmar in the last four decades.

This principle states that no country can expel or return a refugee to the "frontiers of the territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion".

Rohingya Muslim refugees camp on a road near the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh on September 19.

In a speech delivered in Nay Pyi Taw in the morning, which was aired on the state-run television, Aung San Suu Kyi invited the global community to help her government deal with the situation, and said it would work with Bangladesh to help repatriate refugees who could prove that they had citizenship in Myanmar.

Kolkata: The Bangladesh government has started biometric registration of Rohingya refugees to track them and prevent the humanitarian crisis from turning into a law and order situation in the country.