India to deport 7 Rohingyas to Myanmar Thursday

India to deport 7 Rohingyas to Myanmar Thursday

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A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court to restrain the government from deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar.

The Rohingyas have been held at the Silchar central prison in Cachar district in Assam since 2012 on charges of irregular entry.

According to reports, police on Wednesday sent seven Rohingya Muslims, jailed since 2012 on charges of illegal entry, in a bus to the border to be deported to neighbouring Myanmar.

"This is a routine procedure, we deport all illegal foreigners," Reported Reuters quoting Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, additional director general of police in India's northeastern state of Assam.

A plea was filed in Supreme Court for urgent hearing seeking a restraint on the government's move, however, the Bench declined to mention.

The United Nations' Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, has expressed concerns over Indian government's plan to deport seven Rohingya men to Myanmar, saying their forcible return could constitute refoulement which violates international law.

More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine in August 2017 after Myanmar's army launched a massive crackdown in its northern state, retaliating the attacks by insurgents, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on the country's police posts and a military base.

A large number of Rohingya refugees, since then, have taken shelter in India and Banglade...

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