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* Minister Bathiudeen complains to CID on social media reports accusing him of resettling Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka
Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 12:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says he has never made any statement regarding resettlement of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka.

The Minister has submitted a complaint to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of police asking to take legal action against social media sites which are propagating false reports about him.

Speaking to media on Saturday, Minister Bathiudeen said that the social media reports have published false accusations that he is taking measures to settle Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka. He further said that these sources have charged that he has invited the displaced Rohingya refugees to come to Sri Lanka when they are traveling to Bangladesh.

He said the reports are a conspiracy carried out by an organized group. He said he has never spoken about the Rohingya refugees.

Minister Bathiudeen said he has submitted a letter to the CID requesting to take legal action against those who spreading malicious news against him.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs recently affirmed that there are no Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Sri Lanka.

According to the Ministry said the Rohingya refugees, who had come to Sri Lanka earlier in three occasions, had left the country after they were handed over to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office.

 

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