Can't compromise on any terrorist activity: Mamata on Rohingya issue

ANI | Updated: Sep 18, 2017 20:45 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 18 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while commenting on the Rohingyas issue, on Friday asserted that the state government can't compromise on any terrorist activity.

Talking to media here, she said, "We can't compromise on any terrorist activity. If any terrorist is there, the Government will take action, but commoners should not suffer."

Earlier in the day, the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on deportation of Rohingya Muslims from India and said that the illegal influx of the refugees will adversely affect the fundamental rights of Indian citizens and cause a threat to the national security.

The apex court had told the government to submit the affidavit after a plea was filed before it against the deportation of the illegal immigrants to Myanmar.

Expressing her views over the issue, Mamata had earlier took to Twitter stating that "We do support the @UN appeal to help the Rohingya people. We believe that all commoners are not terrorists. We are really concerned."

More than, 3,80,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled Myanmar and reached Bangladesh after a crackdown by Myanmarese security forces in response to an attack on a military outpost by Rohingya militants on August 25. And around 40,000 Rohingyas are staying in India illegally and the Rohingyas are largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

Last month, the West Bengal government had announced that it would distribute identity cards issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Rohingya children lodged in juvenile justice homes across the state after UNHCR officials in India wrote to the West Bengal government. (ANI)