The Center has asked all state governments to prevent the entry of Rohingyans into the country. In a letter to state governments, Anuj Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, urged them to “kindly review this matter (of the entry of illegal migrants) and issue instructions to take necessary steps and share updated information in the prescribed form .. as soon as possible..”
The Center asserted again that Rohingyas pose a security threat. It said that the entry of Rohingyas “has security implications since some of the migrants have been found to have indulged in illegal activities and are vulnerable to radicalization”.
The letter goes on to add,”It has been brought to the notice of the Government that some of the Rohingyas/foreigners are involved in crimes, anti-national activities, money laundering, procuring fake/fabricated Indian documents; and some of them have illegally and fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents e.g. Pan Card, Voter Card, etc.”
The Center has taken a strong stand against the immigration of Rohingyas into India ever since the controversy came up. A report in a Bangladeshi newspaper claimed that India had deported 18 Rohingyas despite ‘SC stay’. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, has also stated that Rohingyas are illegal immigrants who need to be deported. Manipur is one of the states that has taken a strong stance against Rohingyas. Its Police have arrested several Rohingyas after search operations and found human traffickers among them.