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Rohingya crisis: India seals maritime borders

  • Published at 10:03 am September 21st, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:10 am September 21st, 2017
Rohingya crisis: India seals maritime borders
India has sealed its maritime boundary to prevent Rohingya refugees from entering into the country. Indian navy and coastguards sealed the maritime border on Tuesday, following a warning issued by the intelligence agencies. The agencies warned that the Rohingya refugees who are fleeing the conflict in Myanmar would try to sneak into Indian territory using sea routes, reports the India Today. Wishing anonymity, a senior government source said: "Maritime surveillance aircraft including Dorniers, hovercraft and patrolling ships of the border guarding forces have been activated in the entire region to prevent the influx of Rohingya, who are seen as a major threat to national security by the Centre." The spy agencies also fear that the Rohingya would try to reach Bengal in view of the pro-Rohingya stand taken by the state government under Mamata Banerjee. Besides, International traffickers are also getting involved in the racket and occupying uninhabited islands in Andaman and Nicobar. On Monday, the Indian government told the country’s top court that the Muslim Rohingya who have fled Myanmar are a serious security threat as it sought to justify moves to deport up to 40,000 of the refugees. While talking to media, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said the decision to let Rohingya refugees stay in India or not is in the executive's domain and the latter will take an appropriate decision. "We will handle on the basis of national security and deal in appropriate manner," he said. Dismissing those challenging the secular credentials of the government in insisting on deporting Rohingya refugees, Madhav said there was nothing communal about the decision. Bangladesh struggles with more than 410,000 Rohingya who have flooded across the border since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim group. Currently 40,000 Rohingya have taken refuge in India after facing persecution back home. The Indian government has told the Supreme Court the refugees will have to go back, due to links with terror outfits like Islamic State.