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According to a Human Rights Watch report, the Myanmar government, after gaining independence, considered the migration during British occupation illegal and refused citizenship to a large portion of Rohingya.

More than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine state triggered a Myanmar crackdown that the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.

Meanwhile, a statement from the Office of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, citing a Hindu community leader in Maungdaw town, claimed that "hundreds of militants" were allegedly involved in the attack on the village that killed about 100 people on August 25, the same day when the group supposedly launched pre-dawn attacks on 30 police outposts along the western border with Bangladesh.

He called for aid to be "rapidly stepped up" and thanked Bangladesh for keeping its border open.

Myanmar's Army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine State, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning.

"They had seen villages burnt down, families shot or hacked to death, women and girls brutalised", Mr Grandi said. "Not just Muslims and [Buddhist] Rakhines but also small minority groups such as Daing-net, Mro, Thet, Mramagyi and Hindus, of whose presence most of the world is totally unaware", Suu Kyi said.

It is just the latest restriction imposed on the Rohingya who have fled in huge numbers from violence in neighbouring Rakhine State into squalid camps in Bangladesh's southernmost Cox's Bazar district in the past four weeks.

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YANGON, BURMA-Burma officials said Monday they have discovered at least 45 slain Hindus in three mass graves in the Southeast Asian country's conflict-torn northern Rakhine state.

Arguing that there could not be any blanket restriction on the movement of Rohingya or their deportation, Salimullah said that "since it is clear that these Rohingya are helpless and have fled prosecution in their home country and cannot thus be sent back to the place where they fear bodily harm or threat to their lives".

"Soldiers and police are here with us to find the rest of the bodies around this area", he said, adding that authorities are still working to identify the 28 corpses exhumed on Sunday.

There was no immediate way to independently verify the government's assertions.

The United Nations on September 19 said it was scaling up its assistance for Rohingya refugees.

Further eroding trust are rumours that aid deliveries could be used to smuggle weapons to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the militant group behind the attacks on security forces last month.

This month, Malaysia summoned Myanmar's ambassador to express its grave concern over "atrocities" there.

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