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Must balance security with humanity, can't deport Rohingyas till case is heard: Supreme Court to govt

The Indian government had told the apex court that besides being a security threat because of links to the ISI and the IS, Rohingyas will 'exhaust natural resources' meant for Indian citizens. Photograph: (Reuters)

New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 13, 2017, 09.51 AM (IST)

The Supreme Court said today the Indian government must balance national security with humanity and directed the Centre not to deport Rohingyas till the case is heard.

India's top court said Rohingya Muslims issue is of "great magnitude" and the state has a big role to play.

In their petition, the two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, argued that they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there. 

They contend that many Rohingyas, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. 

The Indian government had earlier told the apex court that besides being a security threat because of links to the ISI and the IS, Rohingyas will exhaust natural resources meant for Indian citizens resulting in hostility and social tensions.

Another Rohingya refugee then filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court denying the Indian government's claims that the Muslim community from Myanmar has terror links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Islamic State.

The affidavit stated that the Rohingyas should be treated at par with Tibetan and Sri Lankan refugees.

Supreme Court has granted more time to all the parties to argue and posted the matter for further hearing on November 21.

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