Rohingyas at Baruipur allege government apathy

Say despite SC order no govt agency visited their camp
Report by: 
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata
25 Mar 2018

Even though the Supreme Court on March 18 issued a directive to the Centre to file a report on the condition of Rogingya refugee camps across the country, the refugees numbering about 100 who have taken shelter at Hardoho village of Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district allege that neither had any government agency visited them nor had they received any aid from the government. “Forget government aid, every day police are coming here to hound them out. They are not only living in abject penury, they are also spending their days in fear and tension. And neither any representative of the central government nor anyone from the state government has visited them. But all of them have the cards provided by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). They have fled the persecution of the oppressing regime at Myanmar. They should not be given any religious or ethnic colour. They are hapless human beings who had to bear with acute sufferings,'' Mohammad Kamruzzaman, general secretary of Minorities Youth Federation, an NGO, which is providing succour and other assistance to the refugees told The Echo of India.
Around 100 Rohingya refugees have come from the Rakhine province of Myanmar to India through Bangladesh and have been given shelter at this village.
According to an estimate provided by the Government of India around 40,000 Rohingyas have crossed over to India and have been given shelter at various camps of the country.
The Central government which believes that most of the refugees are a security threat to the country has already taken a stand of deporting them even though the state government had opposed it.
When contacted Sub-divisional officer (SDO) of Baruipur Debarati Sarker said she had no knowledge about it. “I am new to this post and I am not in a position to speak on this,” Sarker told the Echo of India. District Magistrate (DM) Y. Ratnakar Rao, did not take the call nor did he give a reply to a text message sent to him.
The RSS which is alleging that a conspiracy has been hatched so that as many Rogingyas as possible could be settled in Bengal has refuted the claims of the Rohingyas refugees in Bengal that they are being treated badly by the governments at the Centre and the state. “We have seen they are living here in a good condition and sometimes we wonder where they are getting money from,” Biplab Roy, RSS Pranta Pracharak told this correspondent.