India’s Rohingya fears

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Indian Maritime Forces Seek to Keep Out Rohingya Refugees

India’s military is attempting to secure the country’s maritime borders to prevent the entry of Rohingya refugees, who are fleeing Myanmar to escape what UN officials describe as a “systematic attack” by government forces.

Indian security analysts are concerned that Pakistani intelligence agencies could recruit fighters from the Rohingya population and turn them loose on Indian targets. To combat this perceived threat, India is ramping up efforts to keep the refugees out. “Maritime surveillance aircraft including Dorniers, hovercraft and patrolling ships of the border guarding forces have been activated in the entire region to prevent the influx of Rohingyas, who are seen as a major threat to national security,” said an Indian government source, speaking to IndiaToday.

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