Rohingya refugees pose serious security threat: Centre to SC

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Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the government's decision to deport Rohingya refugees was in the nation's interest.

The fundamental rights of Indians will also be seriously violated if Rohingya refugees are allowed to stay in the country and deprive Indians of their legitimate share, it added.

"We have asked the law enforcement agencies and the local administration to take measures so that the Rohingya population do not move out of the areas earmarked for them", he said.

According to Ashin Ven Pandita, who is now studying Buddhism in Sri Lanka, posted on his facabook on September 14, that about 30 people who identified themselves as Rohingyas arrived with Myanmar passports and that was why arrival visa was suspended temporarily. It also said the government had intelligence indicating links between Rohingya refugees and Islamic State and other extremist groups.

"We have always condemned the attacks (on Myanmar security forces) and we will continue to do so in future", he said.

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The ministry said the illegal influx of large numbers of Rohingya into India began four to five years ago, long before an exodus that saw more than 400,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh since August 25 to escape a Myanmar military counterinsurgency offensive that the United Nations has called "ethnic cleansing".

Meanwhile, the Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that the "Rohingyas are a serious security threat (and are) staying illegally in India". "They [Sri Lanka government] didn't inform (us), may be its their country security policy", Daw Ei Ei Myo, a Consul at the Myanmar embassy in Sri Lanka told The Myanmar Times on September 18.

The latest violence erupted after Rohingya militant raids on 30 police posts in Rakhine triggered a military crackdown.

While Bangladesh has been the main destination for Rohingya over the years, some have ended up in India and Nepal. The group also has ties with Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) cell in Jammu and Kashmir.

His comments come after Sinhala Buddhist monks staged a rally in Colombo in support of Myanmar's military offensive in the Rakhine state, which has displaced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.