Centre hints at security threat from Rohingyas, settling patterns

NEW DELHI: The central government on Monday told the Supreme Court that the Rohingyas, who have fled to India in the wake of religious prosecution in Myanmar, cannot demand better sanitation, food and health benefits than local Indians living alongside their camps.
The Centre insisted that there was a pattern to their migration and settlements in the country.

They are settling down in either in Jammu or Telangana, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a three-judge bench led by CJI Dipak Misra.

“Why the pattern? There is a method there,” he insisted. “We can’t give them more benefits than our own citizens,” he said. “It is not as if the government was discriminatory. But they have been here for over 10 years. But the spate of petitions (in court) have come suddenly when we are already struggling with illegal migration from Bangladesh,” he said. In addition, he contended that all these issues should be dealt with by state governments.

Senior advocate Rajeev…

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