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Visit Rohingya camps, check amenities, SC tells Haryana SDM

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday directed the Sub-Divisional (SDM) of in to act as and visit two camps of Rohingyas located in the area.

The bench of Dipak Misra, Justice and Justice asked the SDM to visit two camps after the appearing for the group of petitioners disputed the Centre's report that Rohingya refugees were getting facilities at par with others living in the slums.

The report submitted by the Central team comprising officers from the and the said that Rohingya refugees living in the camps located in the slums were getting all the facilities including that of primary health, education, sanitation, water and at par with others living in those slums.

The team of officials had visited three camps -- one located in and two in area of Gurugram district of -- on the April 9 direction of the top court.

The top court had on April 9 directed the to file a comprehensive report detailing the facilities being provided to Rohingya refugees staying at two camps in Haryana, saying "let us try to solve human problems first".

The court had said that the report should be based on data about basic facilities like water, hygiene, toilets and medical facilities being provided to the Rohingyas in and camps.

As Colin Gonsalves, Rajeev Dhavan, and contested the report of team officers that had visited the camps, wondered how a report based on personal visits by the officers could be doubted.

The for the petitioners who are opposing the deportation of Rohingya refugees said that refugees were not getting facilities as they had no identity proof like Aadhaar.

said that Rohingya refugees should be provided with some kind of proof to establish their identity, like a refugee card.

As the lawyers cited Article 21 arguing for providing facilities to Rohingya refugees, the court said that it could not direct that these facilities to slum dwellers. It cited the example of where 50 per cent of is living in slums.

The court directed for further hearing of the matter after vacation.



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First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 21:50 IST