With numerous Rohingya fleeing from Myanmar and flocking Bangladesh, envoy in Dhaka has briefed about the crisis to Indian government following which Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar sanctioned supply of humanitarian assistance to the refugees on Wednesday. A consignment carrying the relief material is said to be dispatched as early as Thursday, Indian Express reported. The dispatched materials will be first sent to Chittagong from where the Indian diplomats will hand it over to the Bangladesh government for further distribution.
According to a top government source, the decision was taken considering two crucial inputs- firstly, pleas from Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali on Saturday and secondly after being briefed by Indian envoy Harsh Vardhan Shringla about the ground situation. Shringla was called in New Delhi on an urgent basis and he briefed the South and North Block officials for two days. He returned to Bangladesh on Wednesday, after being sure of relief assistance from the government. After a meeting between the envoys of both India and Bangladesh, India has urged Myanmar to handle the situation in Rakhine state with “restraint and maturity” and focus on the “welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces”.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said,“it is imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the state is restored expeditiously.” In an unusual move by Dhaka, on last Saturday it urged India to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take steps to maintain stability and peace and also to stop the flow of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh.