Embarking on a journey to Bangladesh on October 2, the members of the Hindu Mancha started their trip from Hailakandi via Agartala to Cox’s Bazar areas and reached the Kutupalong refugee camp. The trip was a part of national level decision of the Mancha.
The members in the committee that travelled to Bangladesh included the president of Hindu Jagaran Mancha, Hailakandi District, Panna Nath, Judiciary head Anjan Nath Majumdar, Tripura executive of Hindu Jagaran Mancha Uttam Dey, and Silchar committee member Bijoy Paul.
On returning from Bangladesh, the team briefed about the grim picture of the Hindu refugees wedged in the Rohingya crisis in a press conference at Lala. President of Hindu Jagaran Mancha, Panna Nath expressed, “the conditions of Hindus are as worse as the Muslim victims in the Rohingya’s Arakan region. They have taken refuge in Bangladeshi camps and lost a great deal of property in lives in the conflict. The main reason of the concern is that after facing so many atrocities in Rohingya, when the Hindus have taken refuge in Bangladesh, they are still under life threat as constant attempts are being made on their lives by miscreants.
While explaining the reason of assault met over the Hindus in Rohingya, Panna Nath further said, “after having detailed conversation with the Hindu victims in the crisis we came to know that as they gave refuge to the Muslims in Rohingya for the sake of humanity, the Mayanmar army unleashed its terror on the Hindu communities of the area, destroying their properties on a large scale.”
“At present, 577 refugees have taken shelter in the Cox’s Bazar, Kutupalong refugee camp but their lives are still in danger as constant attacks are being made on them. The Arakan Salvation Army cadres are constantly threatening the lives of the Hindu victims at the camp and it is a matter of major concern. The most disturbing fact about the camp is repeated rape of Hindu girls.” Nath added.
Nath further alleged that 11 people have been taken to Arakan by the Salvation Army promising to provide them money after selling their livestock, but two have been murdered and the rest lives are at major risk. Meanwhile, the 3rd Haldiya Zila Parishad member Swapan Sharma and local businessman Jagadish Paul have jointly arranged for the staying of the Hindu refugees. TheBangladesh Hindu Mahajot General Secretary, Gobinda Chandra Promanik has extended help by providing ration to the refugees of the camp.
It may be mentioned that along with the Hindu refugees, almost four lakh fifty thousand Muslims have also taken refuge in Bangladesh. On the three day visit to Kutupalong camp, Hindu Jagaran Mancha also contributed relief money that had been collected by the organisation through various sources. The Mancha further assured that it will hold rounds of talk with the governments of Mayanmay, Bangladesh and India to find a permanent solution to the crisis meted out on the Hindu residents of Arakan area who are now sandwiched at Kutupalong refugee camp. Amongst others present at the press conference were BJP leader Suman Das, Hindu Jagar Mancha’s Soth Assam President Ranajoy Nath, Lala Commissioner Tapan Nath and Anjan Nath Majumdar.