India has said that it would send a consignment of humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh meant for the Rohingya Muslims. Bangladesh is facing a huge problem due to the sudden influx of lakhs of refugees from Myanmar.
India which has maintained that the Rohingyas posed security threat decided to send aid due to two reasons. Sources told OneIndia that the same was done on the request Bangladesh. There was a request made by the Bangladesh High Commissioner, Syed Muazzem Ali last week. Following this consultations were held with Indian envoy Harsh Vardhan Shringla who briefed them on the ground situation. Shringla was called to New Delhi urgently Monday following which there was a briefing. He returned to Bangladesh on Wednesday after getting an assurance from the government on the relief assistance.
Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali had met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week and discussed the issue of Rohingyas in detail.
An Indian aircraft will carry the first consignment of humanitarian assistance tomorrow...It will land at Chittagong airport at 11 am.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla would hand over the relief materials to Bangladesh's Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader.
Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the international community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.
According to the UN estimates, over 379,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into Bangladesh since August 25 when fresh wave of violence erupted.
According to media reports, the violence began when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state.
Rohingya residents - a stateless mostly Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority nation - allege that the military and Rakhine Buddhists responded with a brutal campaign against them, according to the reports.