Plea in Supreme Court against deportation of seven Rohingyas to Myanmar

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 03, 2018, 03.20 PM(IST)

File photo of Rohingya refugees. Photograph:( Reuters )

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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. 

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Union Minister Rajanath Singh on Monday noted that state governments have been directed to identify Rohingyas and carry out biometrics.

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"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. 

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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. 

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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)