Modi government on Monday said that all Rohingya Muslim refugees are illegal migrants and will be deported from the country soon.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that those registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees will also be deported.
According to reports, there is an estimated 40,000 Rohingya refugees in the country.
Rijiju told Reuters that the registration of UNHCR was irrelevant.
“They [UNHCR] are doing it. We cannot stop them from registering [the Rohingyas]. But we are not a signatory to the accord on refugees,” he said.
As far as we are concerned they are all illegal immigrants. They have no basis to live here. Anybody who is an illegal migrant will be deportedKiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs
As of now, around 16,500 refugees from Myanmar have received their identity cards.
The UNHCR, meanwhile, said that it has not received any official confirmation regarding the same yet.
It also added that the principle of not sending back refugees to a place where they face danger - in this case Myanmar - was a part of international law and India has to follow it.
There are thousands of Rohingya asylum seekers in different parts of the world, mainly in Bangladesh and Pakistan after they were left with no option other than leaving the country.
Communal violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is a major human rights violation in the world.
The Rohingya Muslims, who are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, are mostly living in Jammu and Samba districts and came to the state after entering India through either Indo-Bangladesh border or Indo-Myanmar border or travelling through the Bay of Bengal.
Four years ago, I came to Jammu. The junta in Myanmar had unleashed the gravest atrocities on Rohingyas and the world was silent. They are raping our girls and women, setting our houses on fire, firing at us as if we are sitting ducks, and chopping people into piecesMohammed Younus, 70-year old Rohingya refugee
Various sangh parivar organisations have demanded deporting of Rohingyas who took refugee in India.
“We are exploring ways on how to identify and deport the Rohingya Muslims,” a home ministry official said.
Earlier, “Quit Jammu” posters had come up across the state asking Rohingyans to leave the state.
According to the Jammu and Kashmir government’s estimate, Rohingya Muslims are numbered at around 5,700 but it could go up to 10,000. There are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in different parts of the country and all of them have entered illegally.