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Bangla Prez visits Meghalaya's Balat village after 47 years

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

today visited Balat village in Meghalaya's East district, almost 47 years after he helped set up a refugee camp there during his country's Liberation War.

The is on a five-day visit to India, where among other fixtures, he will attend the (ISA) summit of 121 countries in on Sunday.

Hamid was accompanied by and other family members.

At Balat, a sleepy town along the India- border, he met local residents and those who he remembered had helped him in setting up the camp, a senior district told

The camp had given refuge to a number of youths from neighbouring Bangladesh, he said.

"I am indebted to the people of Balat and I cherish my time here. I ought to have visited Balat long back," the quoted Hamid as saying.

Hamid also visited Rabindranath Tagore's residence in the state capital and paid tribute to the Nobel laureate.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 21:40 IST