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The Congress today said the continuing influx of Rohingya refugees was a "serious" issue and demanded that the government formulate a policy on it, keeping national interest in mind and taking all political parties on board. The duo also stated that they were registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) and have challenged any possible move to deport them on the grounds that it violated global human rights conventions and some other issues.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the global community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus. Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that the Centre has filed an affidavit saying Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar are a "threat to [India's] national security". "It (such statements) undermines India's security".

It has also sought a direction that Rohingyas be provided "basic amenities to ensure that they can live in human conditions as required by global law".

"When Tasleema Nasreen can be the Prime Minister's sister, why cannot a Rohingya refugee be his brother?"

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They were opposing PM Modi's deportation plan and demanding shelter for Rohingya refugees in India.

The Centre has chose to file its affidavit on the issue of deportation of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants in the Supreme Court on Monday.

However, the "draft affidavit", which reached the media, was signed by a Deputy Secretary, Foreigners Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Sources said they reviewed an intelligence report that red-flagged the penetration of Pakistan-based terror outfits, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba, among Rohingyas, contending that they would eventually be used to target India.

"If they stay here permanently, who will protect the citizens?" he asked.

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In August, the Home Ministry wrote to state governments, urging them to identify illegally staying Rohingyas and deport them.

The Rohingyas refugees have been fleeing from Myanmar in large numbers. The Supreme Court has fixed 18 Sep as the date for the hearing of the plea and the Home Minister said it will file the affidavit on 18 Sep.

The Indian government has described attempts to brand India as a "villain" in the Rohingya Muslims refugee crisis as "a calibrated design to tarnish India's image". "When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done?"

Myanmar officials said he will meet government leaders in the capital, Naypyitaw, and attend an address to the nation by Ms Suu Kyi on Tuesday.

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