Pilibhit: Bengali refugees, a migrant population, in Pilibhit are set to raise issues before the UP governor Anandiben Patel related to their ” deprivation of regularization of agricultural lands allotted to them on lease deeds over 50 years ago after their migration in 1965 from the then East Pakistan to India “.
As per these, Bengalis who had been rehabilitated in the district in over one and a half dozen villages at different locations including the Indo – Nepal border, will also reiterate their demand for the declaration of ‘ namosudra ‘ Bengali community under the scheduled caste category on a par with many states in the country including West Bengal.
The governor is scheduled to arrive in Pilibhit on November 21 on a three-day visit and will go to two Bengali villages, Naujalha Naktah and Dhakiya Talluke Maharajpur under Kalinagar tehsil circle, on Tuesday, mainly to interact with farmers.
As per the Bengali community, they have been warned by SDM, Shikha Shukla, neither to meet the governor nor to hand over any memorandum of demands to her. Dismissing the allegations, the SDM said that she had simply conveyed a message to the villagers to not put these problems before the government which could be solved at the local administrative level. The villagers, however, said that had the administration been sensible towards addressing their problems in a proper way, the current situation would not have surfaced.