West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday visited two refugee camps in Alipurduar district and promised the people in the camp that the state government would continue to provide help and support.
“The refugees are guests of the state government and I ask local people to treat them as their own people,” she said.
About 1,500 refugees from Assam are taking shelter in four refugee camps in Alipurduar district, located near the Assam border.
Talking to reporters, the CM said “We may not keep them in a very comfortable condition, but will definitely show our love to them by providing them with warm clothes and food.”
She also distributed sweaters to all the children in the camps.
When asked what the state government would do if the refugees do not want to return, she said, “They will be here, no problem. We will take all care for them.”
A 12-hour bandh was called on Saturday to condemn the massacre of Adivasis in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts of Assam.