Hyderabad, Sep 21: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday termed Home Minister Rajnath Singh statement over Rohingyas as ‘disingenuous’.
In contrary to Singh’s remark that Rohingyas who have entered India after fleeing Myanmar were not refugees but illegal immigrants who need to be deported, Owaisi said a majority of the Rohingyas who are in India have identity cards issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Speaking to media, Owaisi said Chakmas were from Bangladesh similarly and they were given Indian citizenship. He claimed that several Tamils from Sri Lanka also came to India in a similar way.
He further asserted, the Supreme Court had ruled that the right to life and the right to equality is not only entitled to Indian citizens but also to aliens.
Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in India.
On Monday, the Home Ministry submitted an affidavit in the apex court regarding the deportation of Rohingyas to Myanmar, calling them a “security threat to India”. However, the court will hear the issue on October 3.
“The world knows that Rohnigyas are stateless and disenfranchised people and are deprived of all human rights since 1947. Out of 15 lakh Rohngiyas who live in Myanmar, hardly 3,000 to 4,000 may be having documents,” Owaisi stated.