Why can't PM accept Rohingya Muslim refugees as his brothers: Owaisi

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Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Sep 5 had said that all the Rohingyas coming into India after being thrown out from Myanmar are illegal immigrants and will be soon deported back.

Myanmar insisted on Friday that it was not barring aid workers but a government spokesman said the authorities on the ground might have concerns over security.

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.

However, other estimates indicate that around 40,000 Rohingyas are staying in India illegally and they are largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. This comes two days after United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein described attempts by India to deport illegal Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as "deplorable".

The Centre has chose to file its affidavit on the issue of deportation of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants in the Supreme Court on Monday.

"India has more moral authority than China to comment on the Rohingya crisis", Richard Rossow, senior adviser in US-India relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told TOI.

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Meanwhile, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina headed for the UN General Assembly yesterday to plead for global help coping with the Rohingya crisis as conditions worsen for the refugees. "There is also a serious potential and possibility of eruption of violence against Myanmar government/its diplomatic missions and also against Buddhists who are Indian citizens and who stay on Indian soil by the radicalised Rohingyas".

Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have settled in India, and almost 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations.

The lawyer declined to be named because an affidavit the home ministry is preparing to file with the court has not yet been finalized.

The Supreme Court had on September 4 sought the view of the government on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal immigrants back to Myanmar.

Giving the example of 65,000 Talims refugees staying in India, Owaisi said if we can accommodate them, why not the Rohingyas. Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state is a continuous process, the Home Ministry communication to states said.

China has endorsed the crackdown on the persecuted Rohingyas by security forces in Myanmar. "After the formation of Bangladesh, the Chakmas came to India, and got the status of refugees", he said. "When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done?"

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