"We will launch a long march towards Myanmar if its army and their associates do not stop torturing the Rohingya Muslims", said Hefazat Secretary General Junaid Babunagari at the protest rally in front of Anderkillah Shahi Jame Mosque in Chittagong. Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all. India has also chose to grant citizenship to Buddhist and Hindu refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
Myanmar insisted on Friday that it was not barring aid workers but a government spokesman said the authorities on the ground might have concerns over security.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the centre will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on September 18 over deportation of Rohingya Muslims. According to home ministry officials there were almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims staying illegally in the country.
While issuing a notice to the Home Ministry in August and criticising the government's decision to deport Rohingyas, the NHRC had stated that "India has been home to refugees for centuries".
Intelligence agencies suspect that Rohingya Muslim leaders in India are in touch with Pakistan-based militant groups, the lawyer said.
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.
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Furthermore, they asked the armed forces to be prepared for battle, should the situation arise.
Dhaka: India will send a consignment of humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh tomorrow for Rohingya Muslims, days after Dhaka briefed New Delhi about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.
The Supreme Court had on September 4 sought the view of the government on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal immigrants back to Myanmar.
Banerjee's appeal for helping the Rohingyas comes at a time when the Ministry of Home Affairs has alerted states to identify and monitor "illegal migrants".
"In fact the affidavit was/is in the process of being finalised".
"We hope that the Government of India gives shelter, an opportunity to live a respectful life and a future to their children, because the Constitution gives the Right to Equality and the Right to Life, not only to its Indian citizens, but to all refugees as well", he said. "When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done?"