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Some Rohingya have links with Pakistan terror groups, Centre tells Supreme Court


The Indian government wants to deport the thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in India as it dubs them "illegal immigrants" who are a security threat.

"The court may decline interference, leaving it to the Centre to exercise the essential executive function by way of policy decision", it said. In 2014, controversial Buddhist monk from Myanmar Ashin Wirathu, accused of leading an anti-Muslim movement in Burma, had pledged support to the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), also accused of hate speech and carrying out anti-Muslim attacks.

"The continuance of Rohingyas'illegal immigration into India and their continued stay in India, apart from being absolutely illegal, is found to be having serious national security ramifications and has serious security threats", the Centre added.

Indian government anticipates violence by radicalized Rohingyas against Buddhist Indian citizens.

The debate on the Rohingyas is taking an extreme turn in and outside India. "I would like to request the International Human Rights Committee and Commissions to not spread anything wrong against India", he told media here. As India has accommodated refugees coming from Tibet, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, issue of Rohingyas refugees should also be considered in the same spirit. "There should be no collective punishment". The government puts the figure at around 40,000.

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

India is not a signatory to Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951 and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1967, and is hence not bound by their provisions.

Adjourning the hearing, the court asked the petitioner and others to file their rejoinder to the Centre's stand before the next date of hearing.

The Rohingya Muslims live in India after fleeing Myanmar over the past decade.

Some 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, following Rohingya militant attacks on police posts in August that triggered military retaliation.

The U.N. General Assembly is meeting in NY this week.

"We feel helpless and hopeless", said Rohingya youth leader Ali Johar, who came to India in 2012 and lives with his family in a Delhi settlement.

"In the five or six years that we have been here, we have never felt that we are foreigners here nor have we ever felt any kind of fear", Salimullah told AFP ahead of the case. Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamic organisations are very happy that Rohingyas are now in Bangladesh because it would be easy for them to radicalize (Rohingyas).

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