Government stand on Rohingyas a considered decision: Arun Jaitley

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered to release $15 million aid for the Rohingya refugees leaving Myanmar due to genocide and torture against them in Rakhine state.

The United Nations has branded the military operation in the western Myanmar state ethnic cleansing.

Tensions have now spilled over forcing communities to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingay Muslims crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar. After the 1962 military coup in Myanmar, events changed dramatically for them. "Many of them have managed to acquire fake / fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents - PAN Card and voter cards".

Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, carry an elderly woman in a basket and walk towards a refugee camp in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh. She said her government would start a verification process for the repatriation of the Rohingya Muslims. The affidavit filed by the Home Ministry has estimated the total number of illegal Rohingya immigrants at more than 40,000.

Buddhists in India, too, could be targeted by the radicalized Rohingyas.

The Bangladesh has been making continued diplomatic efforts to return all the Rohingya to their homeland, bur Myanmar was not paying any heed to the calls, she said. According to the United Nations, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a renewed military crackdown began on August 25.

Director general of Assam Rifles Lt General Shokin Chauhan, responsible for guarding the border with Myanmar, told TOI that the Rohingyas are not coming through "the Indo-Myanmar border at all". Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has also written to her, as a fellow Nobel laureate, pleading with her to halt the violence.

Last week, the U.N. Security Council condemned the violence.

The bench, meanwhile, did not issue notice to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which is already seized of the matter and has recently issued notice to the Central government. The Burmese government must immediately stop its crackdown in Rakhine and allow United Nations observers to access and monitor the situation on the ground.

Bangladesh has said all refugees must go home.

Manipur too is facing a dilemma over 25 Rohingya Muslims, arrested over several years for trespass, lodged in the state's jails.

"After all, what is the impact on national security situation and what is the impact on demographic balance".

"The jailed Rohingyas are a serious issue for us".

Myanmar's state Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under increasing worldwide pressure over the Rohyngya exodus, on the other hand, has criticised media hype and a "huge iceberg of misinformation" for distorting the global picture of events in the Rakhine province of Myanmar.

  • Leroy Wright