Yogi Adityanath: Rohingya are intruders, not refugees

File photo of Yogi Adityanath. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Sep 29, 2017, 10.32 AM (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday that the Rohingya are intruders and not refugees.

ANI reported him as saying it is very sad and condemnable that some people in the country feel sympathetic to their cause and are concerned for them. 

ANI reported him as saying, "The Indian government has cleared its status on Rohingyas. Rohingyas from Myanmar in India are not refugees, they are the intruders. This is very condemnable and sad that some people are showing concern towards them, as in Myanmar many innocent Hindus were killed brutally, and it was also found that they (Rohingyas) have a link with terrorist organisations."

There are some 40,000 Rohingya registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as living in India. 

The government had earlier this month filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court saying some Rohingya living here had links with Pakistani terrorist groups and were a national security risk.