Case against Mamata government to be filed by BJP in West Bengal over Rohingya sheltering

Case against Mamata government to be filed by BJP in West Bengal over Rohingya sheltering

A case against Mamata government to be filed by BJP in West Bengal over Rohingya sheltering

Alleging that the Mamata Banerjee government has been giving shelter illegally to the Rohingya refugees in West Bengal, the West Bengal BJP has decided to take the state government to court.

The inaction by the state government would be challenged in the high court, said the BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.

BJP says that thousands of Illegal Rohingya Immigrants in West Bengal

“There are thousands of illegal Rohingya immigrants in the state and the number is increasing every day. The state government is neither stopping them nor are they informing the central government. However, through intelligence agencies, the Centre is aware of the matter. If the problem is not addressed now, it will spread to other states in the country. We shall move court against the menace,” Ghosh told the media during a protest rally in Kolkata against the refugees.

200 Rohingya Refugees in South 24 Parganas District

A private camp in South 24 Parganas district of the state set up for the Rohingya refugees now has more than 200 Rohingya Refugees. It is amidst such an environment that Ghosh made the comments.

Rohingya migrants from Myanmar’s Rakhine province

The full-blown refugee camp is situated just 40 kilometers from the state capital Kolkata despite a clear direction to the state governments given by the Narendra Modi government to identify and deport Rohingya refugees illegally entering the Indian territory. Initially, the camp was meant to be a temporary one with only 29 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar’s Rakhine province. The camp, set up on a private plot of land in Harda village of Baruipur police station area in South 24 Pargana, is comprised of 16 temporary rooms where most of the refugees have taken shelter.

“These Rohingyas are coming in from places like Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar and are being given shelter in various parts of the state. There are some institutions and NGOs which are involved in this illegal act. Unfortunately, the state government is helping those whose names are there on terror lists. This is an anti-national act and we will request the Centre to intervene,” Ghosh said.

Rohingya migrants from Myanmar's Rakhine province

Rohingya migrants from Myanmar’s Rakhine province

Desh Bachao Samajik Committee

The relief material to the sheltered Rohingyas is being provided by NGO “Desh Bachao Samajik Committee”, owned by one Hossain Gazi who has set up the camp. In order to allow the refugees to access government facilities, an appeal has also been made by Gazi to the state government for providing the refugees’ voter ID and Aadhar cards.

Assurances of financial help have been made by the Popular Front of India (PFI) for the Rohingya refugees according to Gazi.

An advisory had been sent to all states in August last year to “identify and deport the foreign nationals staying illegally in the country” as they “not only infringe on the rights of Indian citizens but some also pose grave security challenges”.