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Not one Rohingya deported yet

There are nearly 40,000 Rohingyas in India, according to home ministry estimates, but not a single illegal immigrant flagged as a terror threat has yet been deported. The ministry had asked for states to identify Rohingyas with terror links and deport them to Myanmar, but no such links have been reported as yet.On the other hand, in the last three years, 330 Pakistanis and 1,700 Bangladeshis have been sent back to their country for illegal entry into India.In August, the Home Minstry wrote to state governments urging them to identify illegal Rohingyas and deport them. “Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants from Rakhine state, also known as Rohingyas, is a continuous process. Therefore, it is essential to identify them and keep a watch on their activities for preventing any untoward incident that can take place,”the home ministry communication to states said.Government sources also say that keeping in mind certain strategic reasons, the Rohingyas need to be deported. The government has been under attack for its decision to deport Rohingyas and even UN human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein condemned India’s move. However, the government has defended its action and Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju has in the past called it “calibrated design” to “tarnish” India’s image.”As per an estimate, more than 40,000 illegal Rohingya immigrants are presently staying in India mostly in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan,” the Home Ministry said in a reply stated in Parliament on Wednesday.Ministry says‘Since entry of such illegal immigrants without valid travel documents is clandestine and surreptitious, it is not possible to have accurate data of such illegal Rohingya immigrants living in parts of country’

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SC to hear pleas on deportation of Rohingya Muslims in January

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would hear on January 31 a batch of pleas, including that of two Rohingya refugees who have approached it against the Centre’s decision to deport Rohinigya Muslims to Myanmar.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would also hear on the next date the interim applications seeking to be impleaded as parties in the ongoing case.”We are not rejecting any of the impleadment application before us in this matter. We will hear it on the next date,” the bench said.On November 21, the apex court had agreed to defer the matter for hearing it on Tuesday.Two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, had approached the apex court opposing the Centre’s decision to deport over 40,000 refugees who came to India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.Various other petitions, including those by former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharya, the CPI(M) youth wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the West Bengal child rights body and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, have been filed in the apex court on the matter.The top court had on October 13 said the Rohingya refugee problem was of a “great magnitude” and the state would have to play a “big role” while dealing with the contentious issue.It had earlier decided to give a detailed and holistic hearing on the government’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, observing that a balance has to be struck between national interest and human rights as the issue involved national security, economic interests and humanity.The court had suggested to the Centre not to deport these refugees, but the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta had urged that it should not be written in the order as anything coming on record would have international ramifications.The Rohingyas, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine State of Myanmar, were settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.In a communication to all states, the union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades had become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants were prone to recruitment by terrorist organisations.It had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport illegally- staying foreign nationals.
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Rohingya crisis: SC to hear plea against deportation on December 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today said it would next month hear the plea of two Rohingya refugees who have approached it against the Centre’s decision to deport Rohinigya Muslims to Myanmar.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud agreed to the request of senior advocate Fali S nariman, who appeared for the Rohingyas, and deferred the matter for hearing on December 5. The apex court had on October 13 said the Rohingya refugee problem was of a “great magnitude” and the state would have to play a “big role” while dealing with the contentious issue. Two Rohingya immigrants Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir had approached the apex court opposing the Centre’s decision to deport over 40,000 refugees who came to India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.Various other petitions, including those by former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya, the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of of the CPI(M), the West Bengal child rights body, and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, have been filed in the apex court on the issue. The top court had earlier decided to give a detailed and holistic hearing from today on the government’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, observing that a balance has to be struck between national interest and human rights as the issue involved national security, economic interests and humanity.The court had suggested to the Centre not to deport these refugees but the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta had urged that it should not be written in the order as anything coming on record would have international ramifications.The top court had made it clear that in case any contingency arose during the intervening period, the petitioners have the liberty to approach it for redressal. The Rohingyas, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine State of Myanmar, were settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. In a communication to all states, the union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades had become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants were prone to recruitment by terrorist organisations. It had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport illegally- staying foreign nationals.

Unlike PM Modi, Indira Gandhi stood up for refugees: AK Antony on Rohingya crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Congress leader A K Antony has criticised the Modi government for not accommodating Rohingyas and cited the example of former prime minister Indira Gandhi who “insisted on protecting” refugees from Bangladesh.The former defence minister yesterday accused the government of pushing out around 40,000 Rohingyas when they were seeking help and care.”When more than one crore refugees came to India from Bangladesh in the 70s, former prime minister Indira Gandhi insisted on protecting them by disregarding the mighty seventh fleet of the US,” he said.She mustered courage to wage a war and carved out a new nation for them, Antony said.He was speaking at the launch of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), Delhi.According to him, Indian pluralism and freedom of expression were under attack.”There is no freedom even for eating the food you like, watching movies or writing books. The ethos that existed for centuries is facing challenges,” he said.India, he added, was losing its culture of debate and discussion.”In the present situation, nobody can express themselves without fear. Also, it is not a good sign that the Indian media cannot express its opinion,” he added. PTI CPB MG MIN

India in touch with Myanmar and Bangaldesh on Rohingya issue: Foreign Secretary to Parl panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is in touch with Myanmar and Bangladesh on the issue of Rohingya Muslims, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is understood to have told the members of a parliamentary panel here today.The agenda for today’s meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, headed by senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, was ‘relations with Myanmar and the Rohingya situation’.The foreign secretary told the panel that the government was keeping a close watch on the Rohingya issue and was examining the matter through humanitarian prism, said a member present in the meeting.India was in touch with both Myanmar and Bangladesh over the situation arising out of the crisis, another member quoted Jaishankar as saying.Asked about the deliberations, Tharoor, a former Minister of State for External Affairs, said, “It was an interesting and thorough discussion on the India-Myanmar relations, especially on Rohingya crisis.”Thousands of Rohingyas have fled Myanmar following incidents of violence in the Rakhine province.Around 14,000 Rohingyas living in India are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. An estimate puts the number of illegal Rohingya immigrants in India at 40,000.The Rohingyas are an ethnic group, largely comprising Muslims, who predominantly live in the western Myanmar province of Rakhine. Their language is linguistically similar to Bengali. The commonly spoken language in Myanmar in Burmese.Though they have been living in Myanmar for generations, the country considers them as persons who migrated to their land during the colonial rule. Therefore, the population has not been granted full citizenship.

Rohingyas end up resorting to terror activities owing to years of being deprived rights: Bangladesh Dy High Commissioner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Toufique Hasan on Sunday said that Rohingyas ended up becoming terrorists owing to years of depravity. This was not only bad news for Bangladesh, but also its immediate neighbours, he added. “If one has been deprived of human and fundamental rights for a long time one is bound to revolt and get into terror activities. Rohingyas who are indulging in terrorist activities are not confined to Bangladesh only. They are spreading into all the neighbouring countries and what appears to be the problem of Bangladesh today will be your problem tomorrow and on the day after tomorrow it will be everyone’s problem,” Hasan said and added that the only viable solution to it was Myanmar taking back the displaced Rohingyas and giving them citizenship.The Central government, through an affidavit at the Supreme Court had recently said that all Rohingya Muslims were illegal immigrants and had links with banned terror outfits.Hasan also said that just because the dialect of Rohingyas is similar to citizens of Chittagong in Bangladesh, they could not be called Bengalis. “I can speak as much Bengali as anyone in West Bengal. Does that make me an Indian?” he said.Hasan added that after the recent violence on Rohingyas in Myanmar, about six lakh Rohingyas had come over to Bangladesh, joining the four lakh who were already there who had come over in 1978, 1991,1993, 2012 and 2016. “So there are over 10 lakh Rohingyas in Bangladesh at the moment whom, we, on human grounds, have given shelter to,” he said.Bangladeshi author and filmmaker Shahriyar Kabir who was also present at the occasion also condemned calling Rohingyas as terrorists. “There is a possibility that some of them might have terror links. That does not mean that all the Rohingyas who have crossed over from Bangladesh to India looking for a shelter can be tagged as terrorists. We invite the Indian government for identification of those stray elements who have joined terror organisations,” he said. He said at one point of time India had given shelter to one crore refugees from Bangladesh but now are refusing to give shelter toRohingyas. “We might move the International Court against Myanmar for carrying out genocide. If justice is not served, offenders will get a shot in their arm,” he said.Kabir said that India’s decision to send 40,000 Rohingyas can have an ugly result. “In Bangladesh there are members of terror groups who are saying that India is not giving shelter to 40,00 Muslims so we will drive Hindus away from Bangladesh as well. Besides, 90 per cent of Rohingyas who have come over are Muslims. Other than them there are also Rohingya Hindus and Christians,” he said.

BJP successfully caricatured Rahul Gandhi in past, but narrative has changed: Shashi Tharoor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The BJP had “very successfully caricatured” Rahul Gandhi but the tactic is no longer working because the people now see the Congress vice president as an “effective opponent” to the ruling party, former minister Shashi Tharoor has said.The Congress MP in an interview to PTI said the narrative had “changed very very clearly” in the past few months and people were now openly expressing “doubts and misgivings” about how the Narendra Modi-led BJP government was performing. People are also more willing to see the Congress as a viable alternative to the BJP, the Thiruvananthapuram MP said.”The BJP had very successfully caricatured Rahul Gandhi in the past. That is no longer working because Rahul Gandhi is seen as a rather effective opponent to the BJP…As this changed narrative proceeds, you are going to find more and more momentum behind the Congress,” he asserted. Tharoor said a change was visible with the Congress’s recent victory in the by-election in Gurdaspur in Punjab and of its ally in Vengara in Kerala, and claimed the BJP’s attempts to conduct yatras in places such as Kerala and Gujarat had “fallen flat”.”I also feel very strongly that the people are beginning to ask when is the government going to keep the promises it has made…We are already riding much higher in people’s estimation than we were in the April or May of 2014, of that there is no doubt,” the 61-year-old leader said. His comments assume significance as Gandhi is expected to take over the reins of the Congress party soon.Last month, while addressing students at the University of California in the United States, the Congress vice president had said the impression that he was a reluctant politician was a result of a campaign against him by the other political camp.”There is a BJP machine, about a thousand guys, sitting on computers that basically tell you about me,” he had said. Tharoor said when Gandhi takes over, there will be “fresh energy” injected into the party.Noting that there was still time for the general election, Tharoor said Congress’s credibility was on the rise. “I would say that the narrative has changed very very clearly. People are now openly expressing doubts and misgivings about how the BJP government and Mr Modi are performing,” he said.Asked if the state elections were any indication of the 2019 poll outcome, Tharoor said drawing conclusions from the state elections “may not always be the wisest way forward”. “My gut instinct says we are doing well…In the next 12 months some very clear patterns will emerge,” he argued. The former minister of state for external affairs, who has been vocal in criticising the government’s stand on the Rohingya Muslims, said forced deportation would “give India a very bad name in the international community”.Tharoor answered in the affirmative when asked if India’s stature in the world arena would take a hit if the Rohingyas were deported. “You cannot start off with the presumption that they are terrorists. Many of them are women and children, they are obviously innocents,” the former UN under secretary general said.

PM Modi advised Suu Kyi not to ‘destroy’ her image over Rohingya crisis: Swaraj tells Hasina

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi not to “destroy” her image over her stance on the Rohingya issue as Myanmar’s military actions in Rakhine state sparked a global outrage.Swaraj referred to Modi’s advice as she called on Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after joining the 4th Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission meeting with her counterpart AH Mahmood Ali. “He (Modi) told her (Suu Kyi) ‘you have a very good international image, don’t destroy it’,” the Bangladesh premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told PTI, quoting Swaraj as saying during her meeting with Hasina at her residence. It is not clear when Modi made the comments, however, Bangladeshi media reports claimed he said this last month when he met Suu Kyi during his first bilateral visit to Myanmar.Karim said Swaraj extended her full support to Bangladesh’s stance that Myanmar must take back its nationals and must not punish innocent people while fighting terrorism. “Myanmar may punish the terrorists, not innocent people,” he quoted Swaraj as saying. Swaraj appreciated Bangladesh’s stand on the Rohingya issue but described the exodus of forcibly displaced people as a “big burden for Bangladesh”. “It’s a big burden for Bangladesh, and how long will Bangladesh bear this?” she said referring to the exodus of the forcibly displaced people who fled the violence in their homeland and took shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.Swaraj added there should be a permanent solution of the Rohingya issues and international community should contribute to social and economic development of Rakhine state. Karim said she praised Premier Hasina for extending all humanitarian support to the displaced people. He said Hasina narrated the situation after the beginning of the Rohingya exodus since August 25 and her government’s initiatives for their shelter.”We have given them shelter upon the confidence that we would be able to feed the distressed Rohingyas on humanitarian ground,” she told Swaraj. Hasina said Bangladesh had already established an engagement with Myanmar and the Bangladeshi home minister was set to visit the neighbouring county over the crisis.Nearly 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state where the Myanmarese army has launched a crackdown against militants. Myanmar doesn’t recognise the Rohingyas as an ethnic group and insists that they are Bangladeshi migrants living illegally in the country. Bangladesh has sought India’s “sustained pressures” on Myanmar for resolution of the crisis.Hasina recalled India’s contribution during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War as well as support to her and her sister Sheikh Rehana after the 1975 assassination of their father – the nation’s founder ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – along with most of their family. Swaraj informed the prime minister about her official talks with her Bangladeshi counterpart saying the entire gamut of bilateral relations came up in their discussion and she was very satisfied at the state of bilateral relations.She said she had a very fruitful discussion with Bangladeshi officials on the projects under India’s Line of Credit (LOC) whose implementation has been delayed. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, Premier’s Advisor on International Affairs Gowher Rizvi, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali, Bangladeshi Principal Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, and Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque were present along with India’s Foreign Secretary Joy Shankar and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Vardhan Shingla.Swaraj also handed over some memorabilia of the 1971 Liberation War to Hasina as a gift to the Bangladesh National Museum. The memorabilia includes an Mi-4 helicopter, a PT76 tank, 106 mm recoilless anti-tank gun and some of the military equipment used by the joint forces during the war and a number of artifacts and documents like historical photographs, archival audio and video clippings, maps, battle records, newspaper clippings and documentaries.

RSS pays tribute to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead last month, figured among those who were today offered tributes by the RSS for their work for the society.A gathering of RSS leaders drawn from across the country, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat, paid homage to Lankesh, former ISRO Chairperson U R Rao and other eminent personalities from various walks of life at the Sangh’s annual ‘Diwali Baithak’.Yakshagana artiste Chittani Ramachandra Hegade was among those remembered at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal meeting.”There is a long list of people from various walks of life who were paid tributes at the RSS meeting. It also includes the name of Gauri Lankesh,” RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told PTI.He did not elaborate.Lankesh, a vocal critic of right wing outfits, was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru on September 5. Her murder led to outrage and protests across the country.The Sangh will discuss the state of the economy and issues like exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar and violence by cow vigilantes at the three-day meeting which began today.

Govt acts tough, ask forces to increase vigil along border to stop Rohingya Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a communique, which is in line with government’s unflinching policy regarding Rohingya Muslims despite criticism from domestic and international community, security forces have been asked to enhance vigil in the border. This has been done to foil attempts by Rohingya Muslims to enter India, a home ministry official said to PTI.In a communication, the home ministry asked the Border Security Force (BSF), deployed along the 4,096-km Indo- Bangladesh border, and the Assam Rifles, which guards the 1,643-km Indo-Myanmar border, to intensify vigil. The two border guarding forces were asked to remain extra vigilant so that no illegal immigrant could enter India, the home ministry official said.Government in an affidavit to Supreme Court has described Rohimgya Muslims as security threat and have said some of them have ties with ISIS and ISI. Currently around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims are in India according to non-government estimates, though the Centre has told the Parliament that around 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. Rohingyas are minority Muslims in western Myanmar and have been fleeing their homes following a crackdown on their villages that has left hundreds dead. UN has described it as textbook case of ethnic cleansing but Myanmar government has repeatedly played down the nature of the violence. With PTI inputs

RSS three-day meet likely to discuss Rohingya issue, economy, cow vigilantism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The state of economy, exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar and violence by cow vigilantes are some of the issues likely to be discussed at a three-day meeting of the RSS beginning in Bhopal from Thursday. The annual ‘Diwali Baithak’ of the Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal (ABKM) will also review the activities undertaken by the outfit in the last six months, RSS functionaries said. “For the first time, no resolution will be passed at the meet. Henceforth, resolutions will be passed at the RSS executive meeting of March,” Sangh spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya told reporters here. Vaidya, who is the ‘Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh’ (all India publicity chief) of the RSS, also said BJP general secretary (organisation) Ramlal had arrived here to attend the meeting.The conclave will discuss matters such as the economic slowdown, exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, violence by self-styled cow vigilantes and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, RSS leaders said.The ABKM is one of the highest policy formulation and decision-making bodies of the RSS. RSS Madhya Bharat Prant publicity head Deepak Sharma said nearly 300 delegates from across the country were expected to take part in the meet which will take place at Shishu Mandir School in the Sharda Vihar area.The Nagpur-headquartered organisation holds its executive meeting twice a year in March and October, Sharma said, adding that Bhopal is hosting the meeting after a decade. The meeting will also review the Sangh’s work over the past six months, another RSS functionary said. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is here for last one week, will attend the meeting.

Aid, support pour in from West Bengal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that Rohingya Muslims are illegal immigrants and have links with terror outfits. But West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken a different stand on the issue, saying it would be unfair to call all Rohingya Muslims terrorists.BSF officials at the Indo-Bangladesh border have been asked to be extra alert to prevent any infiltration. “There are stretches where infiltration can take place. Besides, there are several pockets in Bengal where the condition is conducive for them to get shelter,” said a senior BSF official.Officially, there are 230 Rohingya Muslims in West Bengal kept in various prisons, but sources said that there could be some under private protection. The police and the administration, especially in bordering districts such as Cooch Behar, Malda and North 24 Parganas have been put on high alert, also to track those who have already crossed over.Buoyed by Mamata’s stand, Muslim organisations in Kolkata have taken out several rallies and held public meetings in solidarity with Rohingyas.Md Kamruzzaman, general secretary, All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, led several such rallies. “The intention is to put pressure on the Myanmar government so that the atrocities on Rohingya Muslims end. We will soon write to Mamata to disallow the Myanmar consulate to function here in Kolkata till Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are accepted as citizens of the country,” Kamruzzaman said.Muslims of bordering areas are collecting money to buy relief materials for those in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area. “We will set off after some days. We are aiming to collect at least Rs 3 lakh. Once representatives of our organisation reach there, they will find out what is required the most — food, clothes or medicines — and will buy those. The Bangladesh government has provided shelter to about eight lakh Rohingya Muslims. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had said that the country could be poor, but if it could feed 16 million people, it could also feed another eight lakh.Her Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam said in Kolkata that Rohingyas in Bangladesh and other parts of the world should be taken back and given recognition by the Myanmar government because the help which Bangladesh was providing could not go on forever.

Rohingyas are intruders, not refugees; have links to terrorists: Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday described the Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar to India as intruders and not refugees and added that it is very sad and condemnable that some people are expressing sympathy and concern for their plight.”The Indian government has cleared its status on Rohingyas. Rohingyas from Myanmar in India are not refugees, they are the intruders. This is very condemnable and sad that some people are showing concern towards them, as in Myanmar many innocent Hindus were killed brutally, and it was also found that they (Rohingyas) have a link with terrorist organizations,” Chief Minister Adityanath told ANI in an exclusive interview.The Centre had earlier filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on deportation of Rohingya Muslims from India and said that the illegal influx of these refugees will adversely affect the fundamental rights of Indian citizens and cause a threat to national security.
ALSO READ Congress, SP, BSP responsible for farmers’ miserable condition, now they mock our loan waiver: AdityanathThe Centre had also said that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal and anti-national activities such as mobilisation of funds through hundi or hawala channels, procuring fake or fabricated Indian identity documents for other Rohingyas and also indulging in human trafficking.”The illegal influx of Rohingyas, in significant numbers, has started into the territory of India since 2012-13 and the Central Government has contemporaneous from security agencies inputs and other authentic material indicating linkages of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror organisations and similar organisations operating in other countries,” the Centre said.

If East Pakistanis could be given shelter, then why not Rohignyas? Digvijaya Singh slams Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh today questioned why the Centre was refusing asylum to the Rohingya community on security grounds while giving aid at the same time to Bangladesh for their settlement.He also attacked Union minister Hansraj Ahir for criticising BJP MP Varun Gandhi who has advocated shelter to the refugees in India after security vetting.”The government is not allowing Rohingya Muslims to come to India as it felt there were terrorists among the refugees. But the union home minister had not been able to name a single person (from Rohingya community) who is linked with a terrorist organisation,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister told a press conference here.”Rohingyas have sought refugee status and many Hindus are also among those fleeing Myanmar. As per the charter of human rights charter, nobody can be denied shelter based on their caste. When the people from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) came to India following atrocities, they were given shelter as refugees despite most of them were Muslims,” he said.The senior Congress leader questioned the government for giving aid to Bangladesh for settling Rohingya refugees while opposing their asylum in India.”On one hand, our government was refusing to give refugee status to Rohingyas while on the other hand, it is giving grant to Bangladesh to settle them. Why the government is doing so?” he asked.Responding to a query on the views expressed by Varun Gandhi on Rohingya Muslims, Singh said, “I condemn Hansraj Ahir, (Minister of State, Home) for criticising Varun Gandhi over his views on the issue”.Referring to Varun’s remarks, Ahir had said anyone who has national interests in mind, won’t make such statements.Expressing concern over the drought-like situation in the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, Singh alleged private insurance companies are getting benefitted through the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme.”The state is reeling under drought and farmers are in a deep trouble. The PM Crop Insurance Scheme is nothing but just a way to favour and benefit private insurance companies,” he alleged.He claimed the government itself had told Parliament that a premium of Rs 16,50,000 crore was deposited by farmers in the Kharif year 2015-16 while insurance companies had earned a profit of Rs 10,50,000 crore after settling the claims.”This clearly indicates that this scheme is meant to benefit insurance companies and not the cultivators,” he alleged.Replying to a query on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Dwarikadhish temple in Gujarat, Singh said unlike the Congress, the BJP has been misusing religion.”Congress respects the religion. This is not a Hindu rashtra. This is the country of everybody, including Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians. Our makers of the Constitution have given us a socialist secular state,” he said.When asked about the dynasty in the Congress and the leadership resting only with the Nehru/Gandhi family, he replied, “I would say we don’t have any option other than them”.”I will never compromise with my commitment and loyalty towards the Congress party and the Nehru-Gandhi family,” he said.Attacking the ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh, Singh said not only the chief minister and ministers, but bureaucrats too are steeped in corruption.”Recently, I heard that the issue of charges of corruption against minister Brijmohan Agarwal will be dealt by BJP chief Amit Shah not the law. It means Shah is being considered as the law in the BJP government,” Singh said.A controversy had erupted over the sale of a forest land near a Buddhist site in Mahasamund district to the wife of Agarwal, state Agriculture Minister, in 2009. P

Rohingyas not refugees; they are illegal immigrants, haven’t applied for asylum: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Updated: Sep 21, 2017, 12:39 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rohingyas were illegal immigrants and not refugees who had applied for asylum in India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.Addressing a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Singh asked why some people were objecting to the deportation of Rohingyas when Myanmar was ready to accept them.”The Rohingyas are not refugees. They have not come here after following proper procedures. No Rohingya has applied for asylum. They are illegal immigrants,” he said.The home minister also said that India would not violate any international law by deporting Rohingyas as it was not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.The NHRC recently issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport Rohingyas, who are residing in various parts of India.
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Myanmar must recognise Rohingyas as citizens: Bangladesh FM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bangladesh state minister for foreign affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam said that Rohingyas in Bangladesh and other parts of the world should be given recognition by Myanmar government as citizens of the country.”There are about 8 lakh Rohingyas in Bangladesh and many in other parts of the world as well. Everyone should be given recognition by Myanmar government as citizens of that country. They should be taken back by Myanmar,” Alam said on Monday during a seminar on ‘Bangladesh Today’. He also said that although the Rohingyas in Bangladesh hadn’t adversely affected their economy, “Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s commentary on feeding 8-10 lakh Rohingyas was said purely on humanitarian grounds. Bangladesh still needs a long-term political solution to it. We are pursuing diplomatic routes to find an end to this crisis, but I think the solution lies in the implementation of the Kofi Annan report and whatever has been said by the UN Secretary General’s office, European Parliament, and other economies engaged with Myanmar and Bangladesh.”Asked if they had written to the Myanmar government about it, he said that they had, but are yet to receive any positive response and that Hasina, before leaving for the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, had issued a statement on the Rohingya crisis being a priority and that she would raise it in global platforms.On the sidelines of the event, referring to the Indian government’s submission to the Supreme Court that Rohingyas must be deported and that they were a threat to security, Alam said, “What the Indian government said is its own issue, but it is obviously a security threat for Bangladesh. We have had incidents in the past. That is why we are mindful of that and we are registering the Rohingya population for the first time. Work has begun about a week ago and we have alerted the law enforcing agencies and local administration that the Rohingya population should not go outside the designated area.”The Indian government had also submitted that there might be a link between Rohingyas and Pak terror outfits. To that Alam said, “We are not aware of any linkages with terrorist organisations. But we all know, that even if not directly linked, they are inspired by some external forces.”Answering questions about whether the Myanmar army was using landmines to kill Rohingyas who were trying to flee the country, he said, “Yes. We have informed that to the Myanmar envoy in Dhaka. The people who were trying to flee took photos. We are hosting at least three injured individuals who have lost their limbs, and two more have died in the blast. Bangladesh is part of the anti-mine campaign.”

Rohingya pose security threat, Centre tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that the Rohingya Muslims are “illegal” immigrants in the country and their continuous stay has “serious national security ramifications” for India.The Centre’s affidavit also says that many Rohingya refugees have links with the Islamic State as well as Pakistan’s ISI and therefore allowing them to stay in India would pose a security threat to the country.”It is also found by the Central Government that many of the Rohingya figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISI/ISIS and other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country,” the 16-paged affidavit added.Some of the 40,000-strong Rohingya Muslims in India are also taking advantage of the porus Indian borders and indulging in human trafficking.Providing facilities and privileges to illegal immigrants would be a diversion of resources which rightfully belong to Indian citizens, the affidavit says.The affidavit, containing the Centre’s response to the pleas to let Rohingya refugees remain in the country, also asserts that the Centre’s plan to deport Rohingya refugees was a policy decision, asking the court to desist from interfering in the matter.Further, it also said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country was available to citizens only and illegal refugees couldn’t invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.The affidavit comes after last week’s faux-pas by the Centre in the matter.Earlier during the day, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra fixed the PIL challenging the deportation of Rohingyas for hearing on October 3.”As evident from the constitutional guarantee flowing from Article 19 of the Constitution, the right to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India as well as right to move freely throughout the territory of India is available only to the citizens of India… No illegal immigrant can pray for a writ of this Court which directly or indirectly confers the fundamental rights in general…,” the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.The government said it may file in sealed cover the details of the security threats and inputs gathered by the various security agencies in this matter.The Centre also said that since India was not a signatory to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951, the obligations concerned to non-refoulement wasn’t applicable.”That the provisions of Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951 and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1967 cannot be relied upon by the petitioner since India is not a signatory of either of them. It is respectfully submitted that the obligation concerning the prohibition of return/non-refoulement is a codified provision under the provisions of 1951 Convention referred to above.The petitioners – two Rohingya immigrants – have contended that they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.Today, jurist Fali Nariman stood with the Rohingyas as several appeals were heard on the Centre’s move to deport the Rohingyas. Two new appeals – one for the deportation, and one against were also filed in this matter. Senior advocates Colin Gonsalves, Rajeev Dhawan, Kapil Sibal along with advocate Prashant Bhushan, who is representing the original petitioners – two Rohingya refugees, also appeared for the community.Matiur Rahman of Assam filed an application through advocate Somiran Sharma, citing the recurring ethnic conflicts in Assam, to oppose the Rohingyas’ plea to be allowed to stay.Earlier, speaking to reporters here, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju asserted the government’s stand to deport Rohingya refugees was in the nation’s interest. He also asked international human rights bodies not to spread misinformation about India.

Some Rohingya have links to ISI, ISIS, says govt to SC; Cong urges Centre to speak to all parties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some Rohingyas have been found with links to Pakistan’s ISI, the Islamic State terror group and extremist outfits targeting India, the Centre said today, while making it clear that it was bound to take action against the illegal migrants as per the law.The Union home ministry said that the influx of the Rohingyas started in 2012-13 and the involvement of some of these illegal migrants has been noticed in criminal activities, including fraudulent and illegally obtaining Indian identification documents and fake currency etc.”It has also spawned a network of organised group of touts and agents who are involved in such rackets. In addition, some of the illegal migrants are suspected to having links with ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and ISIS operatives and members of extremists groups targeting India,” a home ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
ALSO READ Rohingya crisis: Shelter not for humanity but for votes- Taslima Nasreen slams BangladeshAmidst the ongoing debate on the illegal migrants, the home ministry said no illegal migrant has a right to stay in India without prescribed legal documents and asserted that the central government’s decision on the declaration of an individual as a foreigner is final according to existing law.The home ministry also said that the right and duty of the Indian government to take action is critical and any interference with this has the potential of encouraging and legitimising illegal migration which can be detrimental for Indian citizens.
ALSO READ I love India; it is my home: What ‘terror threat’ Rohingya Muslims have to say about being deportedThe statement came as the Supreme Court is hearing a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They have claimed that they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.The central government today told the Supreme Court that the Rohingya Muslims are “illegal” immigrants in the country and their continuous stay posed “serious national security ramifications”.
ALSO READ Affidavit has been filed, Supreme Court to take a call on Rohingya Muslims: Rajnath Singh The home ministry spokesperson said that the Foreigners Act 1946 empowers the Indian government to take action against foreigners staying illegally in the country and makes it obligatory for the government to act in the matter.The process of identification and deportation of such foreigners illegally staying in India is elaborately laid in executive instructions which strictly follow established due process of law.”As a matter of policy, the government of India does not support illegal migrants either in own territories or Indian citizens in foreign territories,” he said.Curbing illegal migration is a priority area for the government since it has major security, economic and social ramifications and impinges significantly on the basic rights of Indian citizens.Regulated migration on the other hand is facilitated through an elaborate visa regime which aims to serve the best interests of all concerned parties, including potential migrants.No illegal migrant has a right to stay without prescribed legal documents nor is he entitled to the right to reside and move freely within India under Article 19 which is available only to Indian citizens, the home ministry said.”The government of India’s first duty is towards its own citizens which are to be accomplished within available resources. However, all illegal migrants are to be dealt with under the due process of rule and law applicable in our democratic set up,” the spokesperson said.The Centre’s allegations was, however, questioned by former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah who said that there was no intelligence input suggesting that Rohingyas were a security threat in the state till 2014.The National Conference leader was reacting to the affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court that Rohingyas’ presence in the country would pose a “serious” national security threat.”This threat, at least in J&K, is a post-2014 development. No such intelligence reports ever came up for discussion in Unified HQ meetings,” Omar, who was the chief minister of the state till 2014, wrote on Twitter.The Unified Headquarters comprises Army, para-military forces, police and state and central intelligence agencies.Meanwhile, the Congress urged the government to take all parties into confidence and not have a “blanket approach” on the issue of the Rohingyas.Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the matter was “very sensitive” and the government must act responsibly while maintaining a balance between internal security and international obligations while taking a call on the issue.”It is incumbent and obligatory on the government to take every part of the political spectrum into confidence in a collective sense on this very important and sensitive matter,” he told reporters here.The Congress leader said such collective consultations would help the government decipher genuine national security problems.”A blanket approach is never helpful. We beseech the government not to use blanket approaches. We are given to understand that in the affidavit given to the Supreme Court the government has suggested that it is not bound by any international treaty,” he said.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.On the Centre’s plea that the Rohingyas were involved in anti-national activities, Singhvi said this was a sensitive matter and “all have to be restrained and responsible about this”.

Received my suspension orders on WhatsApp: Muslim BJP woman leader who spoke in favour of Rohingya refugees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Benezir Arfan, a minority woman leader in Assam who was suspended by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit for supporting Rohingya refugees said that she received her suspension letter on WhatsApp.”I wasn’t even given a chance to explain,” she told ANI, adding that she wanted action against state president Ranjeet Das.Earlier, BJP’s state unit general secretary Dilip Saikia sent a letter to Arfan suspending her from the party with immediate effect.She was also been given three days time to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against her.“Despite being an active BJP member, you posted in social media seeking support for a programme organised by another organisation in connection with a problem related to Myanmar, without initiating any discussion about it in party platforms,” the letter said.However, the woman has claimed that party did not even ask her to explain her position.“My only mistake was that I wrote ‘a protest fast’ instead of a ‘prayer meeting’ for Rohingyas, both Hindus and Muslims, who died while fleeing Myanmar. I apologised for the wrong use of words, but the party didn’t listen,” she told Hindustan Times.Last week, India strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also said that the chorus of branding India as a villain is a calibrated design to tarnish country’s image.Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates.The United Nations have appealed to the entire international community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees.

Rohingya crisis: Commoners shouldn’t suffer, says Mamata Banerjee after Centre’s submission to SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the Centre’s submission to the Supreme Court that Rohingya Muslims have links with terror outfits such as ISI and ISIS, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a stand contrary to the Centre and said it would be unfair to label all Rohingya Muslims as terrorists.“Terrorists and commoners are not the same so no one should try to draw a parallel between the two. We maintain that terrorists and terror activities should be dealt with the severest measures prescribed by the law of the land but I would like to reiterate that there is a difference between commoners and terrorists,” Mamata said interacting with mediapersons at Nabanna, the state secretariat. She further said, ” There are bad people and good people in every community. Commoners must not suffer because if they do then humanity will suffer. I think that in accordance with the UN verdict we should not compromise our humanity with anything else”. The West Bengal Chief Minister also said that the Centre has asked it to deport those, including children, of the Rohingya community who had arrived in the state. “But the Child Commission was not agreeing with the move”.
ALSO READ I love India; it is my home: What ‘terror threat’ Rohingya Muslims have to say about being deported”They (Centre) has asked us to deport the children and others of the Rohingyas who have come here. But Institution of child commission are not agreeing with it,” she said. On September 15, she had tweeted her solidarity towards Rohingya Muslims. ‘We do support the @UN appeal to help the Rohingya people. We belive that all commoners are not terrorists. We are really concerned’, her tweet read.Political experts believe that Mamata Banerjee would continue to take the Centre head-on going by the solidarity she expressed towards Rohingya Muslims, time and again. Many Muslim leaders and organisations had taken out rallies in the city in support of Rohingya Muslims and sources said that they had the support of some of the top TMC leaders as well as Muslim ministers of Mamata’s cabinet. Sources also said that Muslim organisations would soon write to Mamata Banerjee to demand that the Myanmar consulate in Kolkata should not be allowed to function till atrocities on Rohingya Muslims end.
ALSO READ Rohingyas are serious security threat, indulging in anti-national acts: Centre tells SCWith agency inputs

I love India; it is my home: What ‘terror threat’ Rohingya Muslims have to say about being deported

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre submitted before the Supreme Court today that the continued stay of Rohingya Muslims has serious security ramifications, adding a frantic edge to the worries of the thousands who fled their homes in Myanmar to take refuge here.They are the nowhere people — described by the UN as the most persecuted minority in the world — leading tenuous, uncertain lives in an alien country they are learning to call home.And the thought that they may have to go back fills them with dread.
ALSO READ Rohingya crisis: Shelter not for humanity but for votes- Taslima Nasreen slams BangladeshEven 12-year-old Noorul Islam, who talks with the wisdom of somebody much older when he says he would never want to go back to his homeland.”I am happy here and I love going to school. I would never like to go back to my homeland because the military kills children there. I want to request the government not to send us back to Myanmar,” he said.Home is a small makeshift tent next to huge piles of garbage in south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and school is the nearby government one in Jasola.It was late one night in the summer of 2012 that his life changed for ever, sealing his family’s fate as refugees.Noorul was then just seven, but remembers in detail how militants attacked their home in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. He also remembers their escape from death and the early days of struggle in Bangladesh from where they were turned out and made their way to India.”We went hungry for days until we arrived in India and my father started selling fish to earn a living,” he said, tears welling up at the memory.Noorul’s family is one of the 70 staying in the Shaheen Bagh camp. There are about 1,200 Rohingyas in the national capital, some in Shaheen Bagh and the others in a camp in Madanpur Khadar.With hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, mostly Muslims, being forced to flee from Rakhine this month and take refuge in Bangladesh, their plight has hit global headlines. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said Rohingya Muslims face a catastrophic humanitarian situation.Those in India face their own share of anxieties with the government threatening to deport them.”I don’t want to live as a refugee my whole life. But even if I think of going back to my village in Myanmar, those nightmarish memories of military attacks haunt me,” said Sabikun Nahar, amongst those in the Shaheen Bagh camp.”They burnt our house and forced us to follow Buddhism.We were even banned from going to the local mosque and we were so scared that we wouldn’t sleep at night,” she said.The 21-year-old had left her village in 2012 and moved to Bangladesh with her relatives. She lived with her parents in the camp for a year but extreme poverty and no employment avenues drove her to India.In 2013, Nahar found herself in Shaheen Bagh. She is now married to Mohammed Zubair, 30, a fellow refugee in the camp who works with an NGO in the city.He earns about Rs 12,000 every month and the couple finds it difficult to make ends meet. But Nahar shudders at the thought of being sent back.”The situation has worsened since 2012. I want the whole world to support us. I wanted to call my parents who are now in Bangladesh to Delhi but with the government here thinking of deporting us how will I call them,” she asked.Constant worry — about their present, their future and the well-being of their families in Myanmar or in Bangladesh — is the subtext of all their lives.Abdul Rahim, 35, who runs a small grocery shop in the camp and earns about Rs 300 a day, has been desperately trying to get in touch with his brother back home.”There are many relatives who are still stuck in the country. I am worried about my brother and his family because they haven’t reached Bangladesh yet,” said Abdul, who fled from Myanmar nine years ago.He said he is shocked by the government’s plan to deport them. “I would rather die here than go back to my country where people are facing atrocities and violence.” Hoping for some intervention, Shabeer, who works with the Rohingyas Human Rights Initiative (ROHRIngya), has written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.”We wrote a letter to the foreign minister on August 23 and are waiting for a reply. I want to ask the government here why they want to deport us,” he said.The government told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are at present staying in India.Today, the Centre told the Supreme Court that Rohingya Muslims are “illegal” immigrants in the country and their continuous stay had “serious national security ramifications”.According to the Centre’s affidavit, filed in the apex court registry, the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees cannot invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.

Affidavit has been filed, Supreme Court to take a call on Rohingya Muslims: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to sort of lessen the pressure on the government in the unfold Rohingya crisis, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the final decision will be taken by the Supreme Court. “An affidavit has been filed. Whatever decision is to be taken, it will be taken by the court, said Rajnath Singh as quoted by PTI. The Centre on Monday made it clear to SC that Rohingya Muslims are ‘illegal’ immigrants and pose ‘serious national security ramifications’.It also said that fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees cannot invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.
ALSO READ Rohingyas are serious security threat, indulging in anti-national acts: Centre tells SCThe apex court is hearing a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR). They claimed that they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there. SC will again hear the case on October 3. The government had told the parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying 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. India has faced flak from UN for not adequately supporting and planning to deport Rohingya refugees. With PTI inputs

Rohingya crisis: Shelter not for humanity but for votes- Taslima Nasreen slams Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Monday launched a scathing attack at the Sheikh Hasina-led Bangladesh Government for extending support to the Rohingya refugees.Taking to Twitter, the ‘Lajja’ writer said that Bangladesh Government is providing shelter to the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine, not on the ground of humanity, but to garner votes. he further questioned if Bangladesh would offer refuge to the Rohingyas, if they were not Muslims, but Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, or Jews.”Bangladesh offered land to shelter Rohingya. What if these people were Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews but not Muslims? Shelter not for humanity but for votes!” Taslima Nasreen said in her scathing tweet. she said in a tweet.Taslima Nasreen currently lives in exile in India as she had to leave Bangladesh owing to fatwa from Islamists. Bangladesh, which is facing an unprecedented influx of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, plans to build new settlements to house about 4,00,000 refugees that entered the country over the past three weeks. The new settlements will be built within the next 10 days on 2,000 acres in the Cox’s Bazar district near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar, officials have said.The authorities plan to construct 14,000 shelters, each with a capacity to hold six families, with the help of international organisations and the Bangladesh military. The camps in Bangladesh were already overflowing with at least 4,00,000 Rohingya before the current exodus was provoked by Rohingya militants’ attacking Myanmar police posts and an army base on August 25. Earlier in the day, the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on deportation of Rohingya Muslims from India. The Centre today told the apex court that the Rohingya Muslims were “illegal” immigrants in the country and that their continuous stay posed “serious national security ramifications”.In an affidavit filed in the apex court registry, the NDA government said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees cannot invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.Sheikh Hasina during her speech at UN is expected to powerfully raise the issue of Rohingya Muslims. She will ask the global community to do more to protect the Rohangiyas, who are fleeing Myanmar fearing prosecution. UN too has asked governments to do their bit to shelter Rogangiyas and have slammed the Indian government.

Rohingyas are serious security threat, indulging in anti-national acts: Centre tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Monday filed its response in Supreme Court to a PIL challenging deportation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar and said that some of the illegal immigrants pose a serious security threat.”Continuance of Rohingyas’ illegal immigration into India and their continued stay, apart from being absolutely illegal, is found to be having serious national security ramifications and has serious security threats,” Centre said in the affidavit.”It is observed by the Central Government that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/anti-national activities i,e., mobilization of funds through hundi/hawala channels, procuring fake/fabricated Indian identity documents for other Rohingyas and also indulging in human trafficking,” the affidavit reads.
ALSO READ Assam: BJP suspends minority woman leader for supporting RohingyasIt also accused them of the using illegal network for illegal entry of others in the India. “Many of them have managed to acquire fake / fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents – PAN Card and voter cards.””It is found by the Central Government that many of the Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISI/ISIS and other extremists groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country,” the affidavit reads.
ALSO READ Rights group accuse Myanmar of ‘ethnic cleasing’; urge new sanctions over Rohingya crisisStating that providing facilities to illegal immigrants would also have a direct adverse impact upon Indian citizens, the centre said, “It would deprive the Indian citizens of their legitimate share in the employment sector, subsidized housing, medical and educational facilities and would thereby culminate in hostility towards immigrants resulting into an inevitable social tension and law and order problems. The fundamental rights of Indian citizens would, therefore, be seriously violated.”Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates.
ALSO READ ‘It will create big problem for Bangladesh if Rohingyas stay for long’: Sheikh Hasina tells Sushma SwarajThe United Nations have appealed to the entire international community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees.Last week, India strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also said that the chorus of branding India as a villain is a calibrated design to tarnish country’s image.

Centre has not filed any affidavit on Rohingyas, confirms Union Minister Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has trashed reports that an affidavit has been filed by the government in the Supreme Court calling the Rohingya Muslims a ‘national threat’.“Not filed any affidavit yet on Rohingyas,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.It should be noted that WION had earlier reported about the fact that the Ministry of Home Affairs had said no such affidavit had been filed before the apex court and that the matter was “under consideration”.“The official position of the MHA is that no such affidavit has been filed before the SC. Filing of the affidavit is still under consideration,” an official in the MHA told WION.This position taken by the ministry is set to create a flutter given the reports that emanated from the Supreme Court earlier on Thursday that Rohingya Muslims were a serious threat to national security and were vulnerable to be exploited for terrorist activities by ISIS.Reports from the top court also stated that the Centre had told the apex court that Rohingyas must be deported in the larger national interest.India has been facing some degree of criticism from the international community over it’s decision to deport 40,000 Rohingyas migrants illegally staying in various Indian cities. This latest episode on whether an affidavit was filed before the Supreme Court or not is only going to fuel the controversy.Only days ago, the Human Rights Commissioner at the United Nations had “deplored” Indian government’s decision to deport approximately 40,000 Myanmarese Rohingya refugees.“India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations,” the UN Human Rights body had said.Sharply reacting to this, India’s Ambassador Rajiv K Chander, who is the Permanent Representative of India to the UN in Geneva had said that India was perplexed at “some of the observations made by the High Commissioner in his oral update”.“There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions. Tendentious judgements made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society,” Chander had said.“Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges. Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion,” Chander had further stated.The Indian Permanent Representative to the UN also stated that “it is also surprising that individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation” and that “India is proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights.“A more informed view would have not only recognized this but also noted, for example, that the Prime Minister himself publicly condemned violence in the name of cow protection. India does not condone any actions in violation of law and imputations to the contrary are not justified,” Chander had stated.

Why is India hosting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad and not in Delhi, questions Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress on Wednesday raised questions over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to Ahmedabad and not the country’s national capital and hoped it would not be used for political purposes in view of the forthcoming Gujarat assembly elections.Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said it was “quixotic” that Abe was not being hosted in Delhi.”We do not want to transgress propriety by commenting on a state visit but it is rather quixotic that the Prime Minister of a country as important as Japan, who is almost India s strategic partner in many respects, is strangely not even being hosted in Delhi,” he said.He hoped a state visit was not being used for “political purposes” in view of the elections in Gujarat, slated to be held later this year.”With an election in Gujarat around the corner, it does raise a question — and I hope this is not the case — that a state visit is actually being used for political purposes because the manner in which it is structured is rather awkward,” he told reporters here.Tewari said India had a great relationship with Japan and that relationship, its foundations and consolidation had been laid during the UPA regime.Japanese Prime Minister Abe arrived here today on a two- day visit with a packed agenda that includes the laying of the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.Tewari also criticised the government over the handling of the Rohingyas issue and said the criticism India had been subjected to by the United Nations Human Rights Council was “absolutely unprecedented”.”The stand which this government has taken on the Rohingyas is totally contrary to India’s traditions where we have welcomed the persecuted from any part of our neighbourhood,” he said.He said India had not faced “this kind of ignominy”.”So, therefore, you can be critical of (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi, but I think the time has come for the NDA-BJP Government and the Prime Minister to introspect that mere speeches and road shows with leaders of other countries do not substitute for diplomacy,” Tewari said.On Gandhi’s recent remarks in the US about being ready to take over as the party chief, he said the Congress was a democratic party and an organisational election process was on.”You don’t second guess an organisational election process. It will culminate logically in what the aspirations and the desires of the Congress workers are,” he said.

Deplore current measures by India to deport Rohingyas: UN human rights chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein flayed any attempts by India to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar when the ethnic minority community is facing violence in their country.Speaking at the opening of a Human Rights Council session here, Zeid also referred to the killing of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh, observing that she “tirelessly addressed the corrosive effect of sectarianism and hatred.”India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, on September 5 said Rohingyas were illegal immigrants and stand to be deported. He said nobody should preach New Delhi on the matter as India absorbed the maximum number of refugees in the world.Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates.”I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country,” Zeid said.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted Rijiju had reportedly said that because India is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention it “can dispense with international law on the matter, together with basic human compassion.” “However, by virtue of customary law, its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the obligations of due process and the universal principle of non-refoulement, India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations,” the UN human rights chief said.The violence in Myanmar began in August when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Rakhine, killing 12 security personnel. The military said it responded to the attacks and denies it is targeting civilians.More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since then.Touching upon cow vigilantism in India, Zeid said: “The current wave of violent, and often lethal, mob attacks against people under the pretext of protecting the lives of cows is alarming.””People who speak out for fundamental human rights are also threatened,” he said.Lankesh was gunned down last week in Bengaluru.Unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen pumped bullets into 55- year-old Gauri as she left her car after reaching her home.Zeid said he was “heartened by the subsequent marches calling for protection of the right to freedom of expression, and by demonstrations in 12 cities to protest the lynchings.”

Let Rohingyas stay till their rights are restored in Myanmar: Muslim outfit appeals to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Muslim organisation Jamat-e- Islami Hind (JIH) today appealed the government to allow Rohingyas to stay in the country till their “constitutional and citizenship rights” are restored in Myanmar.The Rohingyas Muslim minority from the Rakhine state of Myanmar have been fleeing to Bangladesh and India amid reports of alleged persecution.”We appeal to the Indian government to continue allowing the Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in India to stay as refugees till the time their constitutional and citizenship rights are restored in Myanmar,” the JIH president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari said in a statement.Some 16,500 Rohingyas from Myanmar are registered with the United Nations Human Rights Commission(UNHRC) in India.About 40,000 are said to be staying illegally.Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had recently said the Rohingyas, whether they are registered under the UNHCR or not, are “illegal immigrants in India and hence they stand to be deported”.Umri also urged the government to talk to Myanmar and “pressurise” it for restoration of the constitutional and citizenship rights of the Rohingyas.The organisation also appealed to the international community to supply food and other necessities to those who are living as refugees in India and Bangladesh.The JIH vice president, while asking for intervention of India to stop violence against Rohingyas, alleged that the government was maintaining “silence” over the humanitarian “catastrophe”.”We feel that India should use its influence over Myanmar to stop the violence. India’s silence on such a humanitarian catastrophe is quite puzzling,” he said in the statement.

Don’t think we will be able to give any relaxation to Rohingya Muslims: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> It would be difficult for the government to offer any relaxation to Rohingya Muslims, who have fled Myanmar, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here today. The matter is pending before the Supreme Court and the government is also looking into it, Naqvi said at the ‘Parliamentarian Conclave’ here. “But I do not think we will be able to give any relaxation to them (Rohingya Muslims) when their nation has refused to keep them,” he said.The Supreme Court had on September 4 sought the view of the government on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar. The matter has been posted for September 11.
ALSO READ RSS idealogue seeks deportation of Rohingyas in Supreme CourtUnion minister Kiren Rijiju had on Tuesday said the Rohingya people are illegal immigrants and stand to be deported.Violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese armymen have led to an exodus of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh.
ALSO READ An iceberg of misinformation: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Ki on reports on treatment of Rohingya MuslimsMany of them, who had fled to India after a spate of violence earlier, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.On the Uniform Civil Code, Naqvi said the government believes in moving ahead on the issue after evolving a consensus.The Constitution has clearly stated that the State should evolve a consensus for the implementation of the UCC, he said, adding that the Law Commission had also sought the opinion of various stakeholders on the issue.The minister said the appeasement policy had hijacked the empowerment of minorities in the last several decades and that the Centre had adopted the policy of “empowerment without appeasement”.This has ensured socio-economic-educational empowerment of poor sections of minority communities in the last three years, Naqvi said.Providing basic amenities in minority concentrated areas has been the government’s priority in the last three years, he said.

Friend-in-need: India stands by Myanmar as global pressure grows against Aung San Suu Kyi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a show of solidarity with Myanmar, India on Thursday refused to be a part of a declaration adopted at an international conference as it carried “inappropriate” reference to violence in Rakhine state from where 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.An Indian parliamentary delegation, led by Speaker Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, dissociated itself from the ‘Bali Declaration’ adopted at the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held here in Indonesia.”This was in view of the fact that the declaration, which was to be adopted at the conclusion of the Forum, was not in line with the agreed global principles of sustainable development ,” said a press release issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.India reiterated its stance that the purpose of convening the Parliamentary forum was to arrive at mutual consensus for implementation of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) which requires inclusive and broad-based development processes, it said.”Therefore, the proposed reference to the violence in Rakhine state in the declaration was considered as not consensus-based and inappropriate,” the release said.The part of the declaration to which India objected spoke of the forum expressing “deep concern on ongoing violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, amongst others…” The declaration went on to “call on all parties to contribute to the restoration of stability and security, exercise maximum self-restraint from using violent means, respect the human rights of all people in Rakhine State regardless of their faith and ethnicity, as well as facilitate and guarantee safe access for humanitarian assistance.” The Indian delegation took the stance on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his visit to Myanmar where he expressed solidarity with the government there against the “extremist violence” in the Rakhine state.Modi on Wednesday urged all stakeholders to find a solution that respects the country’s unity.”The country-specific amendment to the draft declaration was proposed at the eleventh hour by selective countries which referred to the violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar.”India argued that specifying a particular country is unjustified as this Forum is focussed on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and inclusive development for all countries based on cooperative and collaborative approach to achieve the 2030 Agenda for the world,” the press release said.India said, “Never before country-specific issues have been included in the declaration as these dilute the objective of these Forums which require unity and focussed efforts of all the countries,” the release said.

Centre all set to identify, deport Rohingya Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Rohingya Muslims move the Supreme Court (SC), the Centre stated emphatically on Tuesday that the community members were illegal immigrants, who needed to be identified and deported.Criticising the international human rights organisations for being unnecessarily harsh towards the Government of India, Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, asserted that nobody should preach India on the issue as the country has absorbed maximum number of refugees in the world.”I want to tell international organisations that whether the Rohingyas are registered under the United Nations Human Rights Commission or not, they are illegal immigrants in India,” Rijiju said. His comments have come on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Myanmar, home to Rohingya Muslims, for his maiden two-day visit.Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to India after violence rocked the western Rakhine region of Myanmar. Nearly 14,000 Rohingyas living in the country are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), while about 40,000 have been estimated to be staying illegally. None of them wants to go back to Myanmar, fearing severe reprisal and genocide.”As per law, they stand to be deported because they are illegal immigrants. We are a nation with a great democratic tradition. India has absorbed the maximum number of refugees in the world, so, nobody should give India any lessons on how to deal with refugees,” Rijiju said, adding that “India is not going to throw them in the sea or shoot them but would deport them legally”.Taking a strong position on the reported criticism of the government’s stand on the issue internationally, Rijiju said: “We are following the legal path. Then why are we being accused of being inhuman?”He said the Home Ministry has instructed all state governments to constitute a Task Force to identify Rohingya Muslims and start the process of their deportation.Meanwhile, two Rohingya immigrants, one of them having last-stage blood cancer, have approached the SC, urging to direct the Central government to not deport them to Myanmar.

Rohingyas are illegal immigrants in India and will be deported: Kire Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and stand to be deported, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said, asserting that nobody should preach India on the issue as the country has absorbed the maximum number of refugees in the world.”I want to tell the international organisations whether the Rohingyas are registered under the United Nations Human Rights Commission or not. They are illegal immigrants in India,” Rijiju told reporters here.The minister of state for home said that since they are not legal immigrants, “they stand to be deported”.”As per law, they stand to be deported because they are illegal immigrants. We are a nation with great democratic tradition”India has absorbed maximum number of refugees in the world so nobody should give India any lessons on how to deal with refugees,” he added.Taking a strong position on the reported criticism of the government’s stand on the issue, Rijiju said, “We are following the legal path then why have we been accused of being inhuman.”He said that the Centre has instructed all state governments to start the process of their deportation.Meanwhile, two Rohingya immigrants have approached the the Supreme Court urging it to direct the central government to not deport them to Myanmmar.The Rohingya Muslims fled to India after violence in the western Rakhine State of Myanmar.Around 14,000 Rohingyas living in the country are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, while about 40,000 are said to be staying illegally.

Exclusive: Rohingya issue needs to be resolved by Myanmar only, says Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is Prime Minister Modi’s first bilateral visit to Myanmar. What’s on the agenda?It is his first bilateral visit which comes at a time when Myanmar is in transition. Myanmar is an important and large neighbour. It is a country where we have ancient linkages. Myanmar figures prominently in our foreign policy issues which include Act East and Neighbourhood First. There are many development projects which we are doing in Myanmar. During the visit, we will review these projects. We will ask them of their priority. There will be discussions on regional issues and common security.There has been a delay in the Kaladan project? Why?
ALSO READ Rohingya refugees: Why is Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis a terror concern for IndiaKaladan is a large and complex project and situated in a part of the country where implementation has been difficult. It is a 770 million dollar project. Because of many moving parts there has been a delay in the project. The Sittwe port has been built. Six barges have also been handed over to the government. We have also awarded the contract for the final section of the project which is the road.How does India see the issue of China forcing Myanmar to buy majority shares in the deep water port projects in Bay of Bengal?
ALSO READ Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, Indians in Myanmar say complex documentation process has made their life toughThis is between Myanmar and China. We in India deliver infrastructure projects differently. We believe in good governance practices and transfer of technology to local people. We also believe in being environmentally responsible and always align with national policy and don’t create debt for the host nation. In this context, I would again say that Myanmar needs to decide its course of action.What is India’s position on the Rohingyas​?There has been an upsurge of violence recently and it is indeed a complicated issue. But this has to be resolved by Myanmar only. Outside parties can only advice if asked. Whenever there has been opportunity, it was done. So, it has to be resolved only by Myanmar.But we condemn any violence as it doesn’t solve anything. We are hopeful that all stakeholders can come together. I should make mention of the fact that we had a very good report delivered by the Kofi Annan Commission. It was set up by the Myanmar government and they have issued a constructive support to the report. The implementation of the submissions made by the commission can resolve the situation. But this cannot be done in the atmosphere characterised by violence. Hope parties eschew violence.In context of the Rohingyas​, there exists the problem of illegal migration and secondly the regime doesn’t even acknowledge them and also calls them Bengali Muslims?What different people call them, I’m not aware of. Even terminology is contentious and the sensitivity attached to it should be respected. Their treatment has to be in accordance to the law even in India. People need to approach this issue with care. There are 2 million expat Indians who feel the process of OCI card should be speeded up. Many also get denied benefits in absence of proper papers in Myanmar?The issue is valid that there are problems with documentation. The Indian origin community has a rich and proud history. They have been loyal citizens of Myanmar. In so far as the issue of documentation is concerned, we are engaged with the elders of the community. We are also engaged with the local government on this issue. On the issue of OCI cards, as you understand there are certain parameters which need to be met. The current guidelines are different and we are trying to address the demands of the community.Myanmar is a country where Bal Gangadhar Tilak spent six years in isolation, Indians were also part of the colonial administration and there existed a people to people connect. But now we have terrible connectivity with a close neighbour. Indians need to go to Bangkok and Malaysia to come to Yangon?You have put your figure on an important issue and I agree that there is a deficit when it comes to aerial connectivity. We also have a lot of deficit to make up without which we will not be able to achieve our objective which is close political and economic relations.In 1949, the film Patanga was released and the song mere ‘Piya Gaye Rangoon’ still lingers, but do you feel that the relationship between India and Myanmar has not moved?It is a fair point. All the linkages have been there. Once we were very close to Myanmar but a decade after independence, our paths diverged and break happened on which we have to work. We need to rebuild the relationship. We are in a new phase and it is time to bring out our best efforts. People of India and Myanmar need to rediscover each other and our common heritage. But it will take time. Certain institutional mechanisms need to be put into place. More important is that we put soft infrastructure in place like a motor vehicle agreement.

No country more humane than India, don’t lecture us: Kiren Rijiju to rights group over Rohingya issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday slammed human rights groups for criticising the Centre’s move to deport Rohingya refugees, saying India has given shelter to maximum number of migrants, more than any other nation, and advised them not to “lecture”.He asked the rights groups not to “demonise” India as a country hostile to refugees and said New Delhi is not going to “throw” the Rohingyas into the “ocean” or “shoot” them but will follow due process of law before their identification and deportation. “India is the most humane nation in the world. Millions of refugees live in India. There is no other country in the world which hosts so many refugees. So, don’t demonise us, don’t give us lecture,” he told reporters here.He was referring to the criticism by some human rights organisation to the government’s move. The minister of state for home said all those who had entered India were liable to be deported after following a proper process of law. “We are not going to shoot them nor we are planning to throw them in the ocean. India is not a signatory to UN human rights convention but still the country has been hosting millions of refugees,” he said. However, Rijiju said, these continuous influx cannot go indefinitely, there has to be an end to it.”Please don’t accuse us as intolerant. We value human rights, we act as per law,” he said. Early this month, the Centre had said illegal immigrants like the Rohingyas pose grave security challenges as they may be recruited by terror groups, and asked state governments to identify and deport them. In a communication to all states, the Union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades has become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants are more vulnerable to getting recruited by terrorist organisations.”These illegal immigrants not only infringe on the rights of Indian citizens but also pose grave security challenges,” the communication said. The infiltration of (the Rohingyas) from Rakhine state of Myanmar into Indian territory, especially in recent years, besides being a burden on the limited resources of the country also aggravates security challenges posed to India, the home ministry said.Rijiju had said in Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are presently staying in India. “However, some inputs indicate that around 40,000 Rohingyas are staying in India illegally and the Rohingyas are largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan,” he had said. On November 16, 2016, the government had informed the Parliament that according to available inputs, there were around 20 million (two crore) illegal Bangladeshi migrants staying in India.

Why are there so many Rohingya refugees in J&K and Ladakh? Swapan Dasgupta raises issue in RS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran journalist and nominated member Swapan Dasgupta today expressed concern over the reported influx of Rohingya refugees in Jammu and Ladakh saying it was a matter of national security.Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, he said there was a “vicious” ethnic conflict and civil war going on in Myanmar, but since it was an internal affair of a friendly neighbouring country, “we refrain from commenting on it”.”But it is curious and somewhat inexplicable as to why there should be so many Rohingyas who have migrated to Jammu and to Ladakh,” he said. Rohingyas are tribals from Myanmar, commonly also known as the ‘boat people’.Dasgupta said as per the Jammu and Kashmir Government, there are approximately 5,700 Rohingyas in Jammu and 7,664 Rohingyas in Ladakh.Whereas the UN High Commission for Refugees states there are 14,000 Rohingyas in the whole of India, the media reports say that the Home Ministry estimates there are 40,000, he added.”Now to my mind…this is very, very suspicious. The suspicion arises not for humanitarian reasons or anything like, but because of what the Bangladesh Government has reported that there are at least three terrorist organisations among the Rohingyas,” the member said.He further said “we have seen” evidence of Rohingya involvement in the blast in Bodh Gaya and in October, 2016, that one of the two militants killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, turned out to be from Myanmar.”To my mind…it is something which is a pressing matter, which goes beyond the humanitarian aspect…,” he said, adding that the Rohingya refugees have also been flaunting voter cards and Aadhaar cards.”It is only when they tried to register themselves as State Subjects that the issue came to the fore and assumed great importance. I would urge the Government to take this matter very, very seriously,” Dasgupta added.

Rohingya Muslim refugees provided with Aadhaar, but demand for driving licence unheard

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>None would believe Mohammed Yusuf and Abdul Shakoor are rag pickers. They are among 94 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar living near Chennai after fleeing their home land in 2012 amid deadly sectarian violence that had displaced tens of thousands of their community members.Neatly dressed and, clean shaven, the duo present a picture of contrast to the squalor all around their dwelling unit, a ramshackle government-run cyclone shelter at Kelambakkam on the city outskirts. The refugees belong to 19 families comprising 47 children, 25 women and 22 men.Thankful to the government for providing them shelter, the refugees, many of whom are doing odd jobs including rag picking for livelihood, are looking for better accommodation and gainful employment. Besides, the men folk say they could get job as truck drivers if the government granted them driving licence. The refugees live in a ground plus one shelter known as ’round building’ locally indicating its circular shape.They have apportioned the space in the shelter for each of the family by turning clothes as “walls,” albeit in a messy fashion with things strewn around with flies swarming everywhere. Each family has a traditional earthen kitchen on the open ground where they use twigs and fire wood.While six families live on ground floor, eight are on the first floor and five have put up shacks on open ground around the building. Electricity bill is borne by the government and water is available too. Mild-dark complexioned and several of them wheatish, one would believe they are local Tamils but for their distinctive language ‘Rohingya’,with a liberal mix of Urdu and Hindi.Yusuf recounts the pain of leaving their homeland when violence and rioting escalated in 2012. “My sister was arrested and is still in jail there and several were dead in clashes and we decided to flee to Bangladesh, fearing for our lives,” he said.Recalling the ardous journey to Bangladesh by boat and from there to a West Bengal border hamlet, he says their group of 94 moved on to Kolkata,later boarded a train to Chennai. All along their journey, they had to give handsome money to ‘dalals, (brokers), he says. “We arrived in Tamil Nadu in 2012 and were roaming here and there, doing odd jobs,” he says,adding their “tryst with nomadic life” ended when police caught them by the end of 2014.”Police and local officials brought us here. The only condition that was imposed on us was we should not associate ourselves with local politics or political parties,” he says.Before they arrived at the cyclone shelter, they had stayed put at several neighbourhoods in coastal Kancheepuram like Tiruporur. Profusely thanking the government for giving them a ‘pucca building,’ Syed Alam, a butcher in a local meat outlet says we request the government to give us better accommodation, since this place has just two toilets and cramped.” While Syed Alam is seconded by all others, Shakoor says several men have one more request, which is a driving licence.He says if they get a driving licence they could find employment as truck drivers, “a job which has good demand.” On the requests of Rohingyas, a senior State government official said that it may take some time to respond in view of norms involved in respect of refugees. Interestingly, several of the menfolk were fishers back in Myanmar. Yusuf and Shakoor had to take to rag picking as they had little else to do when they arrived here. They and others do several odd jobs apart from rag picking. Pointing to fish carts known locally as meen body vandi parked around the building, they say they ferry construction material, rubble or whatever ‘cargo,’ comes their way.Located right on the arterial Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road, close to the Information Technology corridor on the OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road), the shelter is bang opposite the local Government Primary Health Centre where the refugees go in case they were ill. “If needed, the hospital sends the patients in ambulances to district hospital for better care, there is worry on the healthcare front,” Yusuf and others say.On what vocation they had pursued while back in Myanmar, Yusuf says he used to do ‘trading of wares,’ while several were labourers, small traders, and others were fishermen.Praising the local Tamils as a very helpful and caring lot, he says ‘we are also able to do Namaaz here properly unlike back home” and points to a makeshift hut abutting the shelter which is ‘our mosque.’The local masjid and Muslims are lending a helping hand to them. Hafiz Usman, a 23-year old youth is the ‘Maulvi,’ who teaches the Koran,besides Arabic and Urdu to the children. He stays put in the shelter and also takes care of our children whenever needed. We pay him a honorarium plus grocery, Shakoor says.On communicating in the local language Usman says, we are picking up words like Akka (sister), Anna (brother) and trying to learn Tamil.” Yusuf and others pitch in saying ‘our children who go to balwadi and local school are quite conversant in Tamil.” Womenfolk, too shy to talk and busy with daily chores thanked local officials and UNHCR for helping them get ‘Aadhaar’ cards.However, a section of them are yet to get Aadhaar though they have registered seeking it. The refugees who hail from regions including Maungdan in Myanmar, have registered with the Foreigners Registration Office (Police Superintendent), in Kancheepuram and have a Residential Permit issued by the authorities.M Ponnusamy, among a local ‘Anna (brother),’ who helps the refugees says they are good people who work hard to make a living. He said “some NGOs, and philanthropists are also helping them. Years ago there used to be Sri Lankan Tamils, now Rohingyas are here.”

JKNPP protests against govt’s ‘failure’ to deport Rohingyas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) staged a protest here today against the state government’s “failure” to deport the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis from Jammu. Led by JKNPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh, the workers of the party staged a protest at the Exhibition Ground and raised anti-government slogans, besides shouting “Rohingyas, quit Jammu” and “Bangladeshis, go back”. They also torched an effigy of the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to look into the issue. Addressing the media, Singh later claimed that the government acknowledged that Rohingyas and Bangladeshi immigrants had unlawfully settled in clusters on the outskirts of Jammu city and Samba with the help of NGOs and madrassas. He further claimed that these settlers were under the continuous surveillance of the intelligence agencies. Singh accused the settlers of indulging in drug- trafficking, flesh trade, abductions and other crimes, in spite of the state government saying that 17 FIRs were lodged against 38 Rohingyas for various offences, including illegal border-crossing. He described the “soaring population” of Rohingyas as a “potential threat” to the demography of the Jammu region.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two Rohingya men arrested for carrying fake passports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Rohingya men, who were allegedly trying to fly to the Middle East on “fake” passports, have been arrested by Special Cell of Delhi police, an officer said today. The accused Mohammad Illiyas and Mohammad Idris, both in their 30s, were caught separately from Delhi and Kolkata by Special Cell teams in last week, said a Delhi Police source. Illiyas told interrogators that he had obtained the fake passport from Hyderabad with the help of Idris. They both were travelling to the Middle East, the source said. “Two Myanmar nationals(Rohingyas) have been arrested in a fake passport case and investigation is underway,” a special Cell officer said without divulging any further details.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Settling illegal immigrants in Jammu is security threat’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP today said settling “illegal” Myanmar and Bangladeshi immigrants here is a “conspiracy” to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir’s winter capital city and is also a “security concern”. “The most burning and disturbing issue concerning Jammu these days is the illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, who have settled in some parts of Jammu, which is a matter of security concern,” BJP State General Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Kaul said. The Department of Good Governance of BJP is organising a seminar “Demography Change of Jammu A Challenge” on February 18. “There is a large scale conspiracy to change the demographic of Jammu and the people should not take the issue lightly. The seminar ‘Demography of Change in Jammu A Challenge’ is being organised to make the public aware of the risks involved,” State Spokesperson & Incharge Department of Good Governance Prof Virender Gupta said. He said “illegal” immigrants may multiply by numbers and establish contacts with criminal and anti-nationals elements. “The party wants to make the people of Jammu city aware about the dangerous consequences of the settling of Rohingyas in Rajiv Nagar, Qasim Nagar, Railway Basti, Bathindi, Bage Bahu, Malik Market and who have almost merged in the local population,” he said. Gupta said these “illegal” immigrants are being assisted in getting ration cards and some have even obtained Aadhar cards with the help of the local people. He said, “The presence of these people in Jammu city and its outskirts is creating worries in public mind, creating alarming security issues and need to be tackled with the united efforts”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JKNPP protests settlement of immigrant Muslims in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party today held a protest against the settlement of Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims here, alleging that it is a conspiracy to reduce Dogras to minority by engineering demographic changes. Led by the party chairman Harsh Dev Singh, the activists wore black gowns printed with slogans like “Quit Jammu Rohingyas-Bangladeshis” as they staged a demonstration against the state government for the settlement in Jammu, the home of Dogra population. “It is conspiracy to to reduce Dogra population to minority in their bastion Jammu by engineering demographic changes,” Singh told reporters. He claimed that the ingression and unlawful settlement of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in Jammu is a grave threat to the cultural, historical and religious identity of Dogras. The party staged a vigorous protest demonstration seeking the Muslims’ immediate repatriation to their native countries. He said that the Jammu and Kashmir government had admitted on the floor of the House that there were several thousands of Burmese and Bangladeshi immigrants who had been unlawfully settled in the outskirts of Jammu city and Samba by several NGOs and Madrasas. Earlier, thousands of Tibetan Muslim refugees who were forced to flee China had also been inhabited by the state government in the colonies located at Idgah, Badamwari and Gulshan Mohalla in Kashmir and Ladakh, Singh said. He said the events like mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, communal and fascist ideology of the separatists, and the state government’s silence over the unlawful settlement of foreign nationals was undoubtedly manipulative and dangerous. Singh called upon intellectual forums, social organisations, nationalist forces, youth and student organisations to get united to launch a mass agitation against the settlement of foreign nationals in Jammu. Hitting out at the Centre for its despicable apathy in addressing the grave issue, he said that the BJP leadership was merely issuing press statements for public and media consumption with all their jingoistic claims falling flat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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