Twenty Rohingyas were detained in Manikganj as authorities issued orders to prevent fanning out of Myanmar refugees across the country in view of their influx to evade atrocities at their homeland, police said today.
"We detained 20 Rohingyas from different villages of Singair upazila late yesterday," Manikganj's police super Mahfuzur Rahman informed, reports BSS.
He said the Rohingyas, six of them being women and 11 children, were currently kept at a school building under police vigil while arrangements were being made to send them back to southeastern Cox's Bazar, the main scene of refugee influx.
The report came as police headquarters in the capital issued a directive for intensified vigil against fanning out of refugees at different parts of the country.
A police spokesman said the directive was issued four days ago asking police supers of particularly Cox's Bazar, Bandarban and Chittagong to prevent the refugees from leaving the three bordering districts as efforts were underway to keep them in designated areas after biometric registration.
He said Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Special Branch of police and Chittagong's Metropolitan police commissioner were also asked to take appropriate step to stop the spreading out of the Rohingyas.
The police headquarters also asked the police chiefs of the three districts to ensure particularly the safety of refugee women's amid fears they could be exposed to sexual harassment or could be used for drug and weapon smuggling.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan earlier said the government would allocate 2,000 acres of land in Cox's Bazar's Kutupalong area to open a new camp for the newly arrived Rohingyas.
The camp will be divided into seven blocks and have barbwire fencing to prevent any kind of security deterioration."
"If needed, we will allot more land to accommodate the refugees . . . We have allotted the land to keep the escalating refugees in one place so they could not scatter across the country," he said.
Besides, the government has a plan to introduce special identity cards for the new Rohingyas amid concern that the refugees might have fanned out across the country.