In a controversial statement, BJP Telangana MLA Raja Singh said Rohingyas and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants should be “shot and eliminated” if do not leave India.
Amid debates over the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the final draft of which was released on Monday, Singh said: “If these Rohingyas and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants do not leave India respectfully, then they should be shot and eliminated…Then only our country will be safe.“
If these Rohingyas and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants do not leave India respectfully, then they should be shot & eliminated. Then only our country will be safe: BJP Telangana MLA Raja Singh on #NRCAssam pic.twitter.com/bOwQ0An9KA— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2018
More than 40 lakh peoples' fate remains in limbo with the Centre on Monday declining to comment on their citizenship status after exclusion of the names from the "complete draft" of NRC, which contains names of 2.89 crore eligible people.On Monday, the government informed the Lok Sabha that some of the Rohingya migrants living in India have been involved in illegal activities.
The government also made it clear that Rohingyas do not have the status of "refugee" but are "illegal migrants".
Responding to a series of supplementaries, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said the government has reports that some of the Rohingyas have been involved in illegal activities but he would refrain from getting into details.
He said though they have not been given legal documents like ration cards, if they have acquired such facilities, it must have been done through illegal means.
The states, he said, have to ensure that such illegal migrants do not get legal documents so that they do not stake claim to citizenship at a later date.
Home minister Rajnath Singh said the BSF and the Assam Rifles guarding international borders have been sensitised to ensure that such illegal migrants do not enter the country.