In a sad turn of events, Delhi's Kejriwal government is set to demolish a Rohingya camp once again.
As you may recall, a huge fire had broken out in the early hours of Sunday morning destroying the Rohingyas' camp in Okhla, New Delhi's Kanchan Kunj locality. Around 226 Rohingya refugees lived here who were rendered homeless after the disaster.
And now sadly, Delhi's AAP government has decided to destroy even their temporary shelter comprising of makeshift tents erected nearby. The Delhi government is set to demolish the makeshift camp at 5 PM today.
As soon as the news came out Muslims of the area reacted in anger and disbelief. Social activist Danish Aleem asked how can a government be so heartless and insensitive towards these poor, persecuted and helpless refugees?
Social worker Naved Chaudhry said while the Kejriwal govt spared no efforts to help Hindu refugees from Pakistan, it remained completely silent on the issue of the rehabilitation of Muslim refugees from Myanmar. The result being that these poor people are forced to live in inhuman conditions. And now this government wants to even take away their temporary shelter and make them homeless once again.
The residents at the camp in New Delhi's Okhla area said that the fire had destroyed everything they possessed including clothes and documents. Already persecuted in their country of origin, Myanmar, Rohingyas had found shelter in New Delhi among other places in India.
No one knows how the fire began but what was visible early on Sunday morning was blackened surfaced with the makeshift homes of the refugees having turned into ashes. But there have been rumors suggesting that this fire was planned so as to get the refugees to vacate the land.
"We are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire. It began at 3 am. We called the fire station by 3.15 am and they arrived around 3.55 am. Fire tenders took almost four hours to douse the fire in the area where around 60 families live. In the camp all the homes were made of asbestos sheets and they are all completely gutted," Ali Johar, a resident of the camp and an UN volunteer was quoted as saying by the National Herald.
Johar says that the origin of the fire was at the rear side of the camp where the toilets are located. He said, "The toilets were the first ones gutted. The fire spread so rapidly that we got no chance to salvage our belongings. We could barely save our lives. Some of the residents were able to save their documents, but most weren't. The fire was about to spread to a nearby slum where Indians reside, but by then the fire tenders arrived and they were able to contain it."
Local residents and NGOs working in the area rushed to their help with food and other relief materials. Donations are also being collected to rehabilitate the refugees at the same place in a timely manner.
However, Delhi's Kejriwal government has come under fire from Muslims for its alleged apathy towards the woes of these refugees from Myanmar.
Jameeyate Ulema Hind's member Zahid Khan says that while they along with some local people are trying to do everything possible to help these people, the attitude of Delhi government has left us disheartened.
Rohingyas fled Myanmar after the state-sponsored Buddhist terrorists killed hundreds of innocent people including women and children. Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who's now the administrative head of Myanmar, earned global condemnation for her complicity to the crimes against humanity.