The government in India filed a brief affidavit before that nation’s Supreme Court, stating that Rohingya Muslims are a “serious threat to national security” as thousands of refugees who are members of the minority ethnic group have fled in the recent weeks as a result of indiscriminate violence against civilians carried out by the Myanmar army.
India has claimed that there is an organized influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents into India via West Bengal and Burma.
The government linked some of the 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees in India to terror outfits based in Pakistan and other countries in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition to stop the planned deportation of the immigrants fleeing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.
At the next hearing on October 3, the government will submit secret sealed reports prepared by security agencies to the nation’s top court.
Those reports are expected to support claims that “many of the Rohingyas figure in the sinister designs of organizations like Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and other extremist groups such as ISIS.”
The government fears that massive numbers of refugees could destabilize India’s fragile northeast region.
There have been clashes between Muslims of Bangladeshi origin and the predominantly Hindu population, but the state of Assam is home to more than 200 ethnic and tribal groups that have endured occasional flare ups of violence for decades.
The government said that since India was not a signatory to the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention or Protocol of 1967, it was not obliged to observe the principle of international law that forbids a country receiving asylum seekers from returning them to a country in which they would be in likely danger of persecution.
To escape the dire situation in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma where soldiers have begun murdering them, the thousands of Rohingya refugees have illegally entered Southeast Asian states including India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, begging for humanitarian support from potential host countries.
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