Refugees Barred Entry Into
Indian security police turned back
Bhutanese refugees who were heading towards their homeland from the Mechi Bridge
at Nepal-India border. There were about 70 Bhutanese refugees from the seven
camps set up in Nepal to accommodate a large number of Bhutanese evicted by the
Bhutan government in late eighties. And since 1990, they have been living in the
camps in Nepal. Nearly 1,06,000 Bhutanese refugees are languishing in seven
refugee camps in two districts of eastern Nepal for the last 15 years. A huge
police force along with the Shasastra Seema Bal (SSB) were deployed to stop the
Bhutanese refugees from entering India.
G.S Sanya, a senior Shasastra Seema Bal (SSB) said, "It is difficult to check
them as they resemble Nepalese and enter the country in small groups of one or
two. But, we will make all efforts to stop them from entering the country."
Scores of Bhutanese refugees staged a demonstration on the banks of Mechi river
bordering India and Nepal, demanding the Indian government to allow them to use
its corridor to return to their homeland, Bhutan.
The movement was organised by the Bhutan Gorkha National Liberation Front (BGNLF),
supported by the Human Rights Organisation of Bhutan (HUROB), on the occasion of
World Human Rights Day.
S.B Subba, Chairman of Human Rights Organisation of Bhutan (HUROB) and a Bhutan
refugee urged Indian security officials to let them go to their country
Subba said, "We want that the Bhutanese refugee problem which is continuing for
the past 15 years in Nepal should be solved peacefully. For this, we also
request Indian government to help us and send us back to our homeland peacefully
with all our stuff."
In August this year, a group of 323 Bhutanese refugees were pushed back by the
Indian security force and the Royal Nepal police team from the Mechi bridge on
the Indo- Nepal border.