With the Narendra Modi-led central government planning to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday called for the need to support the community.
Speaking out on the issue for the first time, Banerjee wrote on Twitter, ” We do support the United Nations appeal to help the Rohingya people.”Banerjee’s appeal for helping the Rohingyas come at a time when the Ministry of Home Affairs has alerted states to identify and monitor “illegal migrants “.
“Infiltration from Rakhine state of Myanmar into Indian territory, especially in the recent years besides being burden on the limited resources of the country also aggravate the security challenges posed to the country,” the MHA advisory, dated August 8 stated.
Opposing the Centre’s view on the matter , Mamata tweeted, “We believe that all commoners are not terrorists. We are really concerned.”
Last month, the West Bengal government had announced that it would distribute identity cards issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Rohingya children lodged in juvenile justice homes across the state after UNHCR officials in India wrote to the West Bengal government.
According to available data till August 2015, 83 Rohingyas, including women and children, are lodged in West Bengal prisons.
Courtesy: India Today