In yet another controversial statement, the Shiv Sena on Monday alleged that the Rohingya refugees, seeking asylum in India, had posed “threat to the integrity and security” of Myanmar, thereby forcing the government to take strong actions against them. Furthermore, in an attempt to legitimize the exodus, the fringe Hindu group lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ignorance in entertaining secularists’ calls to provide shelter to the refugees.
In an editorial published in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the party also slammed the Muslim communities in Ahmedabad and Maharashtra for protesting against the atrocities on the Rohingya Muslim community. Stating that the Rohingya issue is Myanmar’s internal matter, the editorial mentioned, “Do the people who came out on streets even know where Myanmar is or what is happening in that country? Do they know anything about Rohingya issue? Strong action is being taken against them as they have posed a threat to integrity and security.”
The Sena editorial further claimed that the Rohingya Muslims follow fatwas issued by Azhar Masood, the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a terror outfit based in Pakistan.
Hitting out at the Indians batting in favor of a shelter for the Rohingya Muslims, the editorial said, “Some bogus secularists tried to secure shelter for Rohingya refugees in India…But Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unfazed. For this, we congratulate him specially.”
Amid continuing trouble for the Rohingya Muslims, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the top United Nations human rights official has on Monday condemned Myanmar’s “brutal security operation” in Rakhine state. The UN human right official has also hit out at the Modi-government and criticized its attempts to deport the Rohingyas seeking refuge in India.
Citing that around 40,000 Rohingya refugees had settled in India and 16,000 among them have received refugee documentation, Zed, in strong words of criticism, said, “I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country. India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations.”