Agartala, Aug 1: Backing the Government on its stand over the National Register of Citizens (NCR), Tripura Governor has said that there is a difference between people crossing over from another country. Those who flee their countries due to fear of persecution are refugees while those entering another country in search of employment or economic opportunities are infiltrators, IANS quoted Tathagat Roy as saying. (Also read: ’40 Lakh People Won’t be Deprived of Voting Rights’) Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal Assures CMs Over Migrants, Says 'Will do Everything Possible to Help Them'
In a series of tweets on the NCR draft, Roy said: “Only those who flee their countries because of a genuine fear of persecution because of religion, ethnicity, political belief are refugees. People entering another country in search of employment or economic opportunities are not refugees. They are infiltrators.” Roy, who was here on Tuesday evening, also said that those talking about the exclusion of people from the NRC should first read the definition of ‘refugee’ as given by the UNHCR. “Any old person crossing from his country to another is not a refugee.” Also Read - Watch | Mamata Draws Social Distancing Circles on Roads. Viral Video Wins Praise
As per UNHCR definition, which, for some reason, is still not formally accepted by the Indian government, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists fleeing Bangladesh and Pakistan are refugees, he said. “Muslims entering India are not refugees because they faced no persecution in their home countries,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a related development, a police complaint has been registered against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her remarks on NRC. The complaint has reportedly been filed by three workers of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Dibrugarh. Police said they were yet to register an FIR as they were examining the complaint. The complaint charges Banerjee with inciting ‘hate and tension’ among communities. On Tuesday, Banerjee had accused the Modi government of trying to make millions of people “stateless” in Assam for political gains and warned that it could lead to “bloodbath” and a “civil war”.