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The government says there is no such ethnicity as Rohingya and say they are Bengalis who illegally migrated to Myanmar from Bangladesh. The duo also stated that they were registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) and have challenged any possible move to deport them on the grounds that it violated worldwide human rights conventions and some other issues.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday on its plans to deport Rohingya Muslims.

Owaisi requested the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government to not see Rohingyas as Muslims, but to consider them are refugees.

Terming the Rohingyas as a "direct threat to national security", the said affidavit (draft) had claimed that providing facilities and amenities to illegal immigrants out of existing national resources "would have a direct adverse impact on Indian citizens" and that "fundamental rights of Indian citizens would be seriously violated" if the refugees were allowed to stay in India.

The lawyer declined to be named because an affidavit the home ministry is preparing to file with the court has not yet been finalized. According to Centre's estimates, Rohingya's population has increased four times in India over the last two years.

Dhaka: India will send a consignment of humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh tomorrow for Rohingya Muslims, days after Dhaka briefed New Delhi about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

The government told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were presently staying in India. According to unofficial estimates, there are almost 40,000 Rohingyas in India, largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. 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.

Salimullah has moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to restrain the government from deporting Rohingyas.

India is not a state party to the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees although it hosts thousands of refugees from neighboring countries.

Myanmar officials said he will meet government leaders in the capital, Naypyitaw, and attend an address to the nation by Ms Suu Kyi on Tuesday. "When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done?"


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