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Refugees fearful as India plans to deport Rohingya

Fear gripped Muslim Rohingya refugees in India are following a hardening of New Delhiā€™s insistence that Myanmar take them back.

While the majority of 600,000 Rohingya fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar over the past two months have gone to Bangladesh, some have travelled to countries such as India and Nepal, reported

Earlier waves of Rohingya refugees ended up in India.

“Nothing has changed in Myanmar, so how can we go back?” asked Mohammad Hanif, who three years ago came to the capital, New Delhi, following attacks on his community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Hanif, who collects recyclable waste for a living, told that his family’s aim was not to acquire luxuries, but to avoid death and destruction.

The concerns of Hanif and his Rohingya companions living in shanties in the Madanpur Khandar area, on the capital’s outskirts, have deepened since India pushed Myanmar to take back Rohinghya refugees from Bangladesh. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said during a visit to Bangladesh on 22nd October that Myanmar should take back Rohingya from Bangladesh.

Picture: Men in Kolkata, India, demonstrate on 24th October against what they say are the killings of Rohingya people in Myanmar. Fear has gripped Muslim Rohingya refugees in India following a hardening of New Delhi’s insistence that Myanmar take them back. (CNS photo/Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters).