India Rebuts Attempts to Make It 'Villain' in Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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India Rebuts Attempts to Make It 'Villain' in Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Some inputs indicate that around 40,000 Rohingyas are in India illegally, and they are largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

The government further stated that some Rohingya are linked to "terror groups", and hence cannot be allowed to stay.

Last month, the West Bengal government had announced that it would distribute identity cards issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Rohingya children lodged in juvenile justice homes across the state after UNHCR officials in India wrote to the West Bengal government.

The Indian government is expected to spell out its stand on Rohingya refugee deportation before the Supreme Court on Monday. Based on several assessments made by intelligence agencies, the government reached a conclusion that Rohingyas could be a security threat as they are vulnerable to be recruited by terror groups.

The statement of Russian Foreign Ministry came amid a global outcry against the latest atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslim minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine State.On September 13, the UN Security Council members, including Russia, expressed serious concern over the situation in the region.

The apex court had asked the government to file the affidavit on a plea against deportation of illegal Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar.

India on Thursday announced it will send food and medical assistance to help Bangladesh support vast numbers of Rohingya refugees who have crossed over from the border in Myanmar.

The government's draft affidavit says there is no "violation of fundamental rights of the petitioner" in this case.

Protests took place in other districts of the country as well, Hefazat's Central Organising Secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi told the Dhaka Tribune.

China sees the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar as an opportunity to strengthen its relations with Yangon in the face of competition from India and western countries for business contracts in the country, analysts said. The Centre has taken a stance that it can't allow illegal refugees to stay in India and has urged the SC not to intervene in this matter.

Rohingya residents - a stateless mostly Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority nation - allege that the military and Rakhine Buddhists responded with a brutal campaign against them, according to the reports.

China has endorsed the crackdown on the persecuted Rohingyas by security forces in Myanmar.

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