Rohingya threat to national security, could be used by ISIS: Centre in SC
The Centre has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the Rohingyas are a national threat. The centre said that they could be used by terror groups such as the Islamic State. The government said national interest warrants their deportation and the court should not interfere in the proceedings.
The centre also said that there are intelligence alerts that some Rohingyas are linked with terror. These groups are active in Jammu, Delhi, Mewat and Hyderabad, the centre further stated. The next date of hearing is on Monday.
The response from the Centre came on a petition filed by two Rohingya who sought a directive not to be deported.
A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had asked the Centre to clarify its position. The case came to the court following a government move to deport Rohingya. The court is scheduled to hear the issue on September 18.
The petitioners meanwhile said that all Rohingyas have nothing to do with terrorism. The petition, filed through Mohammad Yunus, a Rohingya, described the life of the average Rohingya in Jammu. It said there had not been a single allegation of terrorism against any Rohingya ever since the community began living in Jammu. "Not a single one of them has ever engaged in any terrorist activity," the petition said.
"The local police have for over a year conducted interrogation of all the Rohingya and have taken full details of each family. The local police have inspected the settlements several times every month. All the Rohingya cooperate with the police and give them all the required information," the petition also added.
Saying that branding Rohingya as terrorists was both unfair and discriminatory, it asked the court to direct the government to treat the community with some dignity, not to displace the community, which had undergone years of persecution in their own native land of Myanmar.
"The approximately 7,000 Rohingya reside peacefully on privately owned lands rented out by Indian nationals, most of whom are Hindus. The Rohingya are paying rent to these landlords on a timely basis. None of the landlords have ever voiced any complaints or objections about the conduct of their Rohingya tenants," the petition further stated.