Like Bangladesh, India wants safe, speedy and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar, said the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami on Sunday.
Speaking to media persons at the Chittagong Press Club auditorium in Dhaka, he said that there is no difference between the view of India and Bangladesh in Rohingya repatriation.
Bangladesh has sheltered more than 1 million Rohingya refugees who fled decades of persecution in Myanmar and a military operation in 2017. India’s role, along with China’s, is seen as vital in ending the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Doraiswami said that Bangladesh has given shelter to millions of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. “It deserves praise. The facilities provided to keep the Rohingyas here are excellent,” he said.
“It is very clear that we want the safe, speedy and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas displaced from Myanmar to Bangladesh. India will cooperate in all cases,” Doraiswami said.
Vikram Kumar Doraiswami further said that the repatriation is also needed for Bangladesh’s socio-economic development.
Recently, Bangladesh relocated 1,642 Rohingya refugees in Bhasan Char island from the Cox’s Bazar camp. However, the UN has objected to the relocation process. Then Bangladesh has assured the international community of improved living conditions and security for the Rohingya refugees.
STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO STOP BORDER KILLING
When asked about the killings of Bangladeshis by India’s Border Security Force, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami said, “Illegal activities at the borders lead to most of the accidents.” He added that 95 per cent of the shootings occur on the Indian side of the border and 87 per cent after 10 pm when incidents of trespassing take place.
The Indian High Commissioner further said that legal economic activities at the border need to be initiated to stop these incidents. The number of killings along the border will drop automatically if the people there can be made solvent and aware, he said.
HIGH COMMISSIONER VISITS HISTORIC EUROPEAN CLUB
Vikram Doraiswami visited the European Club in Chittagong which was attacked by the revolutionaries to liberate it from the British rule.
On Sunday afternoon, he visited a European club reminiscent of the anti-British movement in the Pahartali area of the city. His wife was also with him at the time.
After spending some time there, he paid homage to Pritilata Waddedar, the heroine of the anti-British movement set up by the Chittagong City Corporation near the club.
On September 24, 1932, on the direction of Master Da Surya Sen, the great hero of the Chittagong Youth Uprising, one of his associates, Pritilata Waddedar, attacked the Pahartali ‘European Club’. Eight revolutionaries took part in the operation and killed 53 Englishmen.
While everyone else was able to return from there, the wounded Pritilata went to be captured by the British troops, then she took ‘potassium cyanide’ and sacrificed herself.