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The relief material was dispatched even as a Rohingya petitioner on Friday told the Supreme Court that they were not illegal immigrants but refugees who fled Myanmar and came to India for shelter.

A total of 429,000 Rohingyas fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 25, according to the Inter Sector Coordination Group, a coordinating body of the United Nations agencies, an estimate shared by other national and worldwide NGOs working on the Rohingyas.

21, Rohingyas are not refugees who have applied for asylum in India but illegal immigrants who "will be deported". There is a procedure to get refugee status and none of them has followed this procedure.

Rohingyas are minority Muslims in western Myanmar and have been fleeing their homes following an army crackdown on their villages that has left hundreds dead.

Owaisi said a majority of the Rohingyas who are in India have cards issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

He has opposed the plea of two Rohingya refugees saying they are a burden on country's resources and pose a serious threat to national security.

Rajnath: Rohingya are illegal immigrants, not refugees - Today's Paper

Addressing a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Singh said, "We have to think about the human rights of our own people before talking about the human rights of people from other countries".

Justice Dattu said the National Human Rights Commission would implead itself in the Supreme Court to become a party in the case being heard in the court.

However, India had provided humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, which was also affected by the illegal immigration of Rohingya, Singh said.

India on Saturday dispatched around 1,000 tonnes of relief material, which can cater for around 62,000 families, for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, an official statement said.

The UN has called the mass exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine State a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

The petitioner said that they fled, in the wake of their persecution on the grounds of their religion, and argued that they were entitled to all protection under the worldwide conventions on refugees and treaties.



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