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Home Minister terms Rohingya Muslims ‘threat to national security’

NEW DELHI : Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has termed Rohingya Muslims as a threat to national security and declared that the matter have to be dealt with an iron hand.

Singh notified that the persecuted minority may be recruited by terror groups consequently becoming a serious security challenge.

The home minister urged the government to identify the Rohingyas and deport them from India.

On the other hand, Four Hercules planes carrying 34 tons of aid for Rohinyga refugees have departed for Bangladesh from an air force base in the Indonesian capital.

Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and promised significant humanitarian aid. He and other officials including his foreign minister and military chief inspected the relief operation before its departure from Halim Air Base.

Presidential spokesman Johan Budi says the planes are carrying rice, instant meals, family kits, tents, water tanks and blankets. He says it’s the first batch of aid from Indonesia following discussions with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

At least 370,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar’s military responded to an insurgent attack with what it called “clearance operations” to root out the rebels. Many of the fleeing Rohingya have said Myanmar soldiers shot indiscriminately, burned their homes and warned them to leave or die. Others said they were attacked by Buddhist mobs.