Rohingya refugees pose serious security threat: Centre to SC

Kristen Gonzales
September 20, 2017

Kolkata: The Bangladesh government was keeping an eye on the Rohingya refugees and getting them registered to ensure that militants did not enter the country, HT Imam, political adviser to Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, said on Tuesday.

The Constitution of India only defines who is a citizen of India.

"It is a matter of India's foreign policy". "We can confirm that two people were killed by wild elephants", local police chief Abul Khaer told AFP, adding both the deceased were Rohingya civilians.

There are about 16,000 UNHCR-certified Rohingya refugees in India. However, some inputs indicate that around 40,000 undocumented Rohingyas were staying in India, mostly in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan regions.

Before the Rohingya crisis acquired worldwide proportion, their population in Myanmar was estimated at around 10 lakh.

He asked the present dispensation to grant Rohingya Muslims the refugee status on the same lines India granted it to Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans. Providing facilities/privileges to illegal immigrants out of existing national resources. would deprive Indian citizens of their legitimate share in the employment sector, subsidised housing, medical and educational facilities and would thereby culminate in hostility towards immigrants, resulting into (sic) inevitable social tension and law and order problems.

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Over eight lakh Rohingya refugees were now sheltered in Bangladesh.

Singhvi said whether it was a technical point or a blanket approach, "you should be very guarded" because the government ultimately changes, parties and time change, but the country and the affidavit in the Supreme Court are permanent. This raises the concern of naturalisation of illegal migrants by fraudulent means.

Till now the successive governments have dealt with refugee question on case by case basis.

"Noting that "too many vulnerable people" had to flee for their lives, May said: "[Myanmar's de facto leader] Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese government need to make it very clear that the military action should stop".

In 2015, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor introduced a Private Member's Bill titled the Asylum Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha. But, the Bill has not yet been taken up for consideration.

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