India on Thursday deported seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, hours after the country’s top court refused to stop the government from deporting them.
The immigrants were detained in 2012 and since then they were kept at the Silchar central prison in Cachar district of Assam, the northeastern state of India.
“They have been handed over to Myanmar authorities at 1.30 p.m. local time [8800GMT]...,” S Ibomcha Singh, a police official, told Hindustan Times.
Earlier, the Supreme Court of India had allowed the deportation of the Rohingya, saying they were found by the competent court as illegal immigrants and have been accepted by their country of origin as citizens.
According to the daily, an intelligence report states that there are about 32 Rohingya, including 15 minors, at detention camps in Assam.
UNHCR requested permission to access the Rohingya in Assam, but its request was not accepted.