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Keep Rohingyas in deportation centre: Home Ministry

Scene from a Rohingya Refugee Camp in New Delhi (ANI file photo)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday made it clear that it has not given any directions to provide flats to Rohingya illegal migrants at Bakkarwala in New Delhi and that "illegal foreigners" are to be kept in the Detention Centre till their deportation as per law. 

Clarifying news reports in certain sections of the media regarding Rohingyas being provided with the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) flats, the MHA said that it is the Delhi government that has proposed to shift them to a new location.

"MHA has directed the Government of Delhi to ensure that the Rohingya illegal foreigners will continue at the present location at Kanchan Kunj, Madanpur Khadar as MHA has already taken up the matter of deportation of illegal foreigners with the concerned country through the Ministry of External Affairs," the ministry said in a statement. 

"The Government of Delhi has not declared the present location as a Detention Centre. They have been directed to do the same immediately," mentioned the MHA statement.

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