Rohingyas illegal immigrants, will be deported: Rijiju

RSTV Bureau

Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and stand to be deported, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju 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 in New Delhi.

Minister of State for Home  Kiren Rijiju

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju

Speaking on the sidelines of a North East Democratic Alliance meet in NEw Delhi on Tuesday, the minister of state for home said that since Rohingyas 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 a 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.”

Members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority who were detained by Bangladeshi border guards while crossing the Naf River to enter Bangladesh

Members of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority who were detained by Bangladeshi border guards while crossing the Naf River to enter Bangladesh

He said that the Centre has instructed all state governments to start the process of their deportation.

Meanwhile, two Rohingya immigrants have approached the Supreme Court urging it to direct the central government to not deport them to Myanmar. 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.

(PTI)