Govt to file affidavit on Sep 18 for Rohingya issue : Rajnath Singh

Govt to file affidavit on Sep 18 for Rohingya issue : Rajnath Singh

Rijiju had earlier said that the government will follow due process of law before illegal Rohingya Muslims are deported and no one should attempt to "demonize" India for adhering to its laws.

Myanmar's presidential spokesman on Saturday said there's no evidence of any trespassing and that Dhaka should have reached out to discuss its concerns instead of issuing public statements.

Desperate Rohingya grab for aid handouts of clothing and food in Tankhali, Bangladesh.

The affidavit further said: "a fragile north-eastern corridor (of India) may become further destablised in case of stridency of Rohingya militancy, which the Central Government has found to be growing, is permitted to continue".

As per reports, on August 9, the government had told the Parliament that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, are presently staying in India.

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A DAY after the Centre's flip-flop on affidavit on its plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the government will file the affidavit before the Supreme Court on September 18.

"India has more moral authority than China to comment on the Rohingya crisis", Richard Rossow, senior adviser in US-India relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told TOI.

The commission in capital New Delhi said they oppose the deportation on "humanitarian grounds" since Rohingya Muslims would face persecution in Myanmar if they were sent back from India. According to Centre's estimates, Rohingya's population has increased four times in India over the last two years.

The affidavit dated September 11 was signed by Ravi Sunder, Deputy Secretary in the Foreigners' Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to unofficial estimates, there are almost 40,000 Rohingyas in India, largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

"The entire world today is anxious with the Rohingya issue (and) their (India's) concern and stand beside us is very crucial at this moment", he had said. Myanmar government does not recognise Rohingyas as their citizens. However, the language of the final affidavit is likely to be "minimally altered" keeping in mind the global reaction that India's effort to banish refugees of the persecuted ethnic minority back to a country where their brethren are being mercilessly butchered by the Junta is likely to attract. "Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place".

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