Indian radical Hindu party Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday said any decision on Rohingya refugees had to be taken while considering the security threats posed by their reported links to criminal activities and terrorism.
“Any decision on them (the Rohingya) should be taken by keeping in mind that they will definitely be a threat to national security and integrity,” he said when addressing the Vijaydashami gathering at the RSS headquarters on the organisation’s foundation day, reports the Hindustan Times.
“The nation already has been facing the problem of illegal Bangladeshi migrants and now Rohingyas who are chased away from Myanmar have infiltrated and many more are ready to migrate illegally,” Bhagwat added.
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The RSS chief’s stance is in line with that of the Indian government, who maintain that the Rohingya pose a serious security threat.
On Monday, September 16, 2017, The Indian government told the country’s top court that the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar are a serious security threat, in response to a petition filed at the Supreme Court challenging a government decision to deport up to 40,000 of the refugees.
“Some of the Rohingyas with militant background are also found to be very active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat and have been identified as having a very serious and potential threat to the national security of India,” Mukesh Mittal, a senior Indian home ministry official, had said in the statement.
A total 507,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25, when insurgent attacks on security outposts led to a renewed military crackdown in Rakhine state.