Twenty thousand East Pakistan refugees at the Petrapole camp only one and a half miles (3 Kms) from India's border with East Pakistan, gave India's Prime Minister Mrs.
Twenty thousand East Pakistan refugees at the Petrapole camp only one and a half miles (3 Kms) from India's border with East Pakistan, gave India's Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi a warm welcome on Sunday.
Mrs. Gandhi has been visiting a number of camps in West Bengal, Tripura and Assam, as the number of East Pakistanis taking refuge in India steadily increases towards three million.
Indian Government spokesmen have said that five or six million refugees could soon cross into India following the martial law crackdown and its aftermath, which began in March.
The Indians say they do not have the resources to cope with the problem. They have had already a favourable response to their appeal for help from the United Nations, which has sent officials to investigate the situation.
The Indian Government on Saturday handed over a note to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi charging Pakistan with deliberately forcing two million East Bengalis to flee to India. The note reserved India's right to seek compensation for the financial and other burdens which it had to bear in looking after the refugees.