‘They are not refugees, nor have they taken asylum. They are illegal immigrants,’ Singh said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that Rohingya Muslims living in India have entered illegally.Addressing a seminar organized by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) he said, “They are not refugees, nor have they taken asylum. They are illegal immigrants.” The Centre on Tuesday had said the continuance of the Rohingyas’ illegal immigration into India and their continued stay was found to have serious national security ramifications.
It had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court over the issue, which will be heard on October 3.Singh added that it will be baseless to not deport them when Myanmar was ready to accept them.”Why some people are are objecting to the deportation of Rohingyas when Myanmar is ready to accept them?” he asked.
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence over the ongoing humanitarian crisis which led to the evacuation of over half-a-million minority Rohingya Muslims from northern Rakhine state and said the country is ready to verify the status of refugees ‘at any time’ to aid their return.Singh further added that the process to adopt a refugee status had not been followed by the Rohingyas.