Amid Assam NRC debate, Minister said this on Rohingyas

government reiterated its stance that Rohingyas do not have the status of "refugees" and are "illegal migrants"

Amid debate on the Assam and the National Register of Citizens, the Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has told the Parliament that some of the Rohingya migrants living in India have been involved in illegal activities.

The government reiterated its stance that Rohingyas do not have the status of “refugees” and are “illegal migrants”.

He however did not divulge any details on what those illegal activities may be.

The minister said the priority of the government is to take care of rights of Indian citizens.

The Minister also said that though they have not been given legal documents like ration cards, if they have acquired such facilities, it must have been through illegal means.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the BSF and the Assam Rifles guarding international borders have been sensitised to ensure that such illegal migrants do not enter the country.

The Minister added that back in in February this year, an advisory has been sent to the states asking them to confine Rohingyas in one place and keep them under watch.

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