- India says Rohingya Muslims are illegal immigrants, will be deported
- Strong criticism internationally of India's stand
- Junior Home Minister says criticism attempts to tarnish India's image
Last week, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Myanmar, Mr Rijiju said that all 40,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to India will be treated as illegal immigrants and will be deported.
That policy was described as deplorable on Monday by the chief of the United Nations' top human rights body. India offered a strong rebuttal at Geneva reiterating its security concerns and said, "Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion."
His ministry has warned state governments that Rohingyas could be vulnerable to recruitment by terror groups. They are believed to be concentrated in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.
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