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A Threat To National Security; RSS Chief Bhagwat On Rohingyas

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| September 30 , 2017 , 14:12 IST

Months after the crisis of Rohingya exodus first came up, the self-proclaimed Hindu watchdog RSS has finally weighed in. Earlier on Saturday, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)chief Mohan Bhagwat supported the government's decision to deport the Muslims trying to escape the violence in Myanmar.

Speaking at the RSS annual Dussehra rally in Nagpur, in the presence of veteran BJP leader LK Advani and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Bhagwat said, "We have been facing the problem of illegal Bangladeshi migrants and now Rohingyas have infiltrated into our country. Any decision regarding Rohingyas should be taken by keeping in mind the threat to national security."

The issue sparked as a Rohingya militant group attacked an army camp back in August after which the military, in retaliation started a large-scale campaign against them by allegedly killing them and burning their villages.

In order to save their lives, many Rohingyas fled the country to neighbouring Bangladesh and India. While some managed to get in, a large number of the immigrants seeking refuge are held at the border by security forces.

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According to the last UN data, around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have migrated to India seeking refuge in the country, however, the Indian government has a different plan for them.

The BJP-led central government earlier this month appealed to the Supreme Court to let the centre deport the Rohingyas claiming that they are a security threat to the nation and have links to Pakistan-based terrorist groups.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement came in line with the centre's approach towards the Rohingyas.

The RSS chief also berated Mamata Banerjee's government in West Bengal for "lending a helping hand to the anti-national forces for petty political interests".

Getting to the issue of violence and mob lynching in the name of cow protection, the chief said that it was reprehensible that some people have allegedly been killed by gaurakshaks. He said that the issue was beyond religion and even several Muslims have sacrificed their life this cause.