File photo of Rohingya refugees. Photograph:( Reuters )
The Rohingyas had been jailed since 2012 for illegally entering the country.
A plea has been filed in Supreme Court for urgent hearing seeking a restraint on the Government of India from deporting seven Rohingya Muslims lodged in the Silchar Detention centre in Assam to Myanmar, news agency ANI reported. According to reports, the plea will be heard in the top court on Thursday.
India on Wednesday sent seven Rohingya Muslims to the border for deportation to Myanmar, news agency Reuters reported quoting Police sources.
According to reports, the Rohingyas had been jailed since 2012 for illegally entering the country.
Manipur: 7 Rohingyas, who are being deported to Myanmar, have been brought to Imphal. The seven were lodged in the Silchar Detention centre in Assam. They will be taken to Moreh border where they'll be handed over to Myanmar authority. pic.twitter.com/XWc8cHcCjN— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018
Union Minister Rajanath Singh on Monday noted that state governments have been directed to identify Rohingyas and carry out biometrics.
Plea filed in Supreme Court for urgent hearing seeking a restraint on the Government of India from deporting 7 Rohingya Muslims lodged in the Silchar Detention centre in Assam to Myanmar. Bench declined mentioning. https://t.co/j9Te8XD9ZF— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018
"States have been told to identify them (Rohingyas). They have to take their biometrics also. After that, they'll send a report to the Centre. Then the Central government will initiate action through diplomatic channels with Myanmar and we will get it resolved," the Home Minister stated.
India sends 7 Rohingya Muslims to border for deportation to Myanmar; they had been in an Indian jail since 2012 for illegally entering the country, reports Reuters quoting police— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, on Tuesday said that no illegal procurement of Voter-ID cards by Rohingya refugees will be allowed by the government.
7 Myanmar nationals who were arrested in 2017 are being deported today. Our police team is going to drop them off at Moreh border where they'll be handed over to Myanmar authority: Deepak Kumar, IG (Law and Order) on 7 Rohingyas being deported to Myanmar #Assam pic.twitter.com/jTWHBwRj9u— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018
More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar's Rakhine state in August 2017 after Myanmar's army launched a massive crackdown in its northern state. India and Bangladesh are known to have given shelter to a large number of Rohingya refugees.
In June, the Home Ministry wrote a letter to the Jammu and Kashmir government, saying, "Such illegal migrations poses serious challenges and has security implications since some of the migrants have been found to have indulged in illegal activities and are vulnerable to radicalisation."
(With inputs from agencies)