Bengalee Hindus forum want refugee status for Hindus from Bangladesh

Posted on March 24, 2011

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New Delhi, Mar 18 : Pressing its long-standing demand of citizenship to Hindu migrants from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), the Protection Forum for Bengalee Hindus of Assam (PFBHA) today urged Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to implement his March 9 promise of getting refugee status for the displaced Bengalee Hindus.

Mr Gogoi had said, “I am going to take up the issue with the Government of India that the people who fled East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) fearing for their lives and took shelter in India should be given refugee status on humanitarian ground.” He said he will include it in the Congress election manifesto for the coming Assembly elections being held in two phases on April 4 and April 11.

Hindu Bengalees comprise 18 per cent of Assam population.

The Forum, in a statement, also asked the state governemnt to to release all jailed Bengalee Hindus, withdraw cases registered against them under Foreigners’ Tribunal Act and take measures for getting them citizenships at par with the migrants from Pakistan as per the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2005.

It also urged BJP president Nitin Gadkari to pressure the Central government in granting them citizenship as promised by his party’s national executive.

The saffron party is also contesting the Assam elections.

–UNI

New Kerala

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