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Hindu group demands deportation of Rohingya refugees from India

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Published: 11:46 GMT, Sep 11, 2017 |
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Members of Hindu Sena, a right wing Hindu group, hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest demanding deportation of Rohingya refugees from India, in New Delhi

A fringe Hindu group staged a protest in New Delhi on Monday (September 11) demanding deportation of over 40,000 Rohingya refugees living in India, calling them threat to internal security.

Holding placards and banners such as ‘Rohingya Muslims dangerous for India’ ‘Rohingyas Muslims are Jihadis not refugees’, Hindu Sena members demanded to send the Muslim refugees back to Islamic countries.

A member, Surjeet Yadav, said after spreading violence in Myanmar against their forces, Buddhists and Hindus, Rohingya would repeat their activities in India.

The Rohingya, who are denied citizenship in Myanmar despite claiming roots there that go back centuries, are occasionally subjected to communal violence.

The latest violence in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive have killed at least 400 people and triggered the exodus of villagers to Bangladesh.

Meanwhile in India’s eastern Kolkata city, protests were held against Myanmar government for subjecting Rohingya to cruelty and thousands of Muslims agitators burnt effigy of their State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

A protester, Maulana Shabbhir Ali Azad, said the Rohingya crisis should be handled with a sympathetic approach and urged the Indian government to provide shelter to the refugees.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government, however, has decided to deport the refugees and made their stand clear last month that it was going to expel all Rohingya, even those registered with the U.N. refugee agency, about 11,000 of them, drawing criticism from aid groups and some politicians.

An estimated 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday (September 08), announcing a dramatic jump in numbers of those fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

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