NEW DELHI, Sept 13 - Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today slammed attempts to brand India as a “villain” on the Rohingya refugee issue, saying it was a “calibrated design” to tarnish the country’s image.The Union minister’s comments came two days after UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein flayed any attempts by India to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar.
Rijiju said criticism of India on the Rohingyas, who have entered India illegally, undermines the country’s security.
“This chorus of branding India as villain on Rohingya issue is a calibrated design to tarnish India’s image,” he said in a tweet. “It (such statements) undermines India’s security,” Rijiju said.
The Central government is planning to deport Rohingya Muslims, who have come to India due to alleged persecution in Myanmar, as it considers them as illegal immigrants. – PTI