February 24 2018

Mayawati wants Centre to take sympathetic view of Rohingyas

February 24 2018, 05:44 | Van Peters

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"There is a serious lack of coordination among the government and the agencies", Nur Khan Liton said.

Those have been overwhelmed by arrivals from Myanmar, with more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees having entered Bangladesh in the past three weeks.

Rohingya Muslims are referred to as Bengalis in Myanmar.

The MIM leader said that according to official figures, 16,000 refugees from Myanmar were in India, of which 3,500 were in Hyderabad. "We are really concerned", Mamata said in a tweet.

The Centre will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday on its plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said today.

The refugees are fleeing a fresh security operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages. But the Rohingya have remained an exception.

A senior MEA official told The Hindu that India and Bangladesh are "in close touch" over the issue, but that it was "too early" to say whether India and Bangladesh will present a united front at the UNGA, where Bangladesh has made it clear it will call for worldwide pressure on Myanmar. Hence, any undocumented physical presence in the country a crime and the government must follow its due process.

As hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh, relief camps are overflowing and food, medicine and drinking water have been in short supply.

The Foreigners' Division of Ministry of Home Affairs, in the affidavit, claims the Rohingya refugees now lodged in Delhi, Jammu, Mewat and Hyderabad are vulnerable to be recruited for terror activities.

At the Delhi camp, a Rohingya refugee termed Rijiju's statement as unfair, given that India has accommodated many Tibetan, Afghan and Sri Lankan refugees.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar to end violence against the Rohingya Muslims who are denied citizenship in their country.

"The Government of India must adopt a humane view as has been the tradition of India".

Rijiju maintained that India can not take its security for granted.

In Paris, several hundred people including members of the Rohingya diaspora protested near the Eiffel Tower Saturday to demand worldwide intervention and denounce Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Following the government's August 8 order, two Rohingya refugees in India-Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir-filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking assurance against deportation to Myanmar.

CPI (ML) will also organise protest marches across Bihar on September 18 against persecution of Rohingya Muslims. Many of them say they would rather die than be deported. Faced with criticism even at home, the government has been forced to soften its stance.

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