The UN says 294,000 bedraggled and exhausted Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25. Photograph: (Reuters)
Amid Prime Minister Modi's two-day visit to Myanmar, Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju asserted Rohingyas are illegal immigrants living in India.
Prime Minister Modi is set to meet Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi today with the Rohingya issue likely to come up during the talks. The Indian prime minister met Myanmar President Htin Kyaw in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
“I want to tell the international organisations whether the Rohingyas are registered under the United Nations Human Rights Commission or not. They are illegal immigrants in India,” Rijiju told reporters in India even as two Rohingya immigrants approached the Supreme Court to urge the government not to deport them to Myanmar.
The Union minister of state added that Rohingyas "stand to be deported" since they are not legal immigrants. The minister said the central government had instructed all state governments to start the process of deportation of Rohingyas.
“We are following the legal path then why have we been accused of being inhuman,” the minister told PTI.
According to the UN, at least 123,600 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh straining the country's economy.
The latest violence erupted in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state a fortnight ago when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military offensive led to the death of at least 400 people, Reuters reported.