West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Kumargram in Alipurduar Saturday to take stock of the condition of Assam refugees, who fled from the state following the recent spate of ethnic violence.
She said the state government would render all help to refugees sheltered in four camps at Kumargram. “If I can arrange for two square meals a day for myself, I will see to it that you get that too,’’ Mamata told the refugees.
The CM, who bought 1000 pullovers from Bagdogra Friday, distributed them among refugees. She also handed out blankets and food items to the 1208-odd tribals.
Mamata reached Kumargram by helicopter around 1PM and stayed there for two hours. “I have come here to stand by you, to express solidarity with you. There is no fear as we have provided for all protection. The state administration has arranged for food and shelter because you are our guests. You stay here as long as you want,’’ the chief minister told the tribals.
After arriving in Bagdogra Friday, Mamata condemned the Assam attacks, saying she was shocked at the killings of the children and the elderly. “Previously, children and old people were spared, but in this case, even they were killed. It’s horrible,’’ she said.
Mamata also appealed to people to donate dry food, clothes and babyfood at the office of the Siliguri commissioner of police so that material could be sent to camps.
Alice Vaz, district magistrate of Alipurduar, said the administration is fully prepared for more refugees, crossing over from Assam. “We are arranging for food, warm clothes and drinking water and the police has provided them protection,” he told The Indian Express.