Rohingya influx started from 2012: Centre to SC

The Centre also raised concern over the long-term fallout of permitting a large number of illegal immigrants to stay in India.

Space at established refugee camps in Bangladesh has all but been exhausted, with new arrivals hacking away trees and other vegetation anywhere they can to erect shelters from the monsoon rain.

The government's argument came in response to a petition filed by two Rohingya refugees who challenged India's decision to deport them back to Myanmar. Many of those who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. National security ranks highest on country's list of priorities given its geopolitical influence in the region and its vulnerability to cross border infiltrations due to the porous nature of its borders.

"Every country will decide its course of action based on its foreign and security policy and balance of population", said the minister a day after Centre told the Supreme Court that the Rohingyas were a threat to the nation.

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The next date of hearing is on October 3.

Referring to the "illegal and anti-national activities" of some Rohingyas, the Centre in its affidavit alleged that they were engaged in mobilizing funds through hawala channels and human trafficking. Many of them have managed to acquire fake / fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents i.e. PAN Card and voter cards. "No illegal immigrant can pray for a writ of this Court which directly or indirectly confers the fundamental rights in general.", the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

Hitting out at human rights groups' criticism towards the Centre's stand on the issue, he said: "I request global human rights' bodies to not spread misinformation about India and the Indian govt; protecting the nation is our duty".

Currently, they stopped issuing visas on arrival to prevent the entry of Muslims from Rakhine State who identify themselves as Rohingyas.

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The petition was filed by two Rohingya Muslims-Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir-who are now living in India. "There is also a serious potential and possibility of eruption of violence against the Buddhists who are Indian citizens and who stay on Indian soil by the radicalised Rohingyas", the affidavit adds further.

Taking the minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju to task, he slammed the BJP led government for handling Rohingya Muslims with blinkered vision and communal mindset.

Adjourning the hearing, the court asked the petitioner and others to file their rejoinder to the Centre's stand before the next date of hearing.

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