The Rohingya were not refugees but illegal immigrants who would be deported, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, reinforcing the government’s tough stand on the minority community that has fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar.
Speaking at a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Singh said the Rohingya had entered India without following procedure and not one of them had applied for asylum.
“To get the refugee status, one needs to follow a certain process. None among them has followed that procedure,” Singh said.
The Modi government wants to deport tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees, almost all of them Muslims, for being a “serious security threat” to the country.
More than 420, 000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late