Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque has said Rohingyas, fleeing in thousands from their homesteads in the Rakhine state of Myanmar to Bangladesh, would be treated as illegal immigrants while they are outside their designated camps as they have no visas or passports.
"If they are found outside their camps, they will be illegal and the law enforcers will return them to their camps. Till today, over 200 Rohingyas were found outside and they were taken back to their camps," he said at a press conference on the eve of the Durga Puja and Ashura at the police headquarters on Monday, reports BSS.
The IGP said, "We did not detain them, instead, returned them to the Rohingya camps on the humanitarian ground. The Rohingyas must stay in their camps and need to be registered to get proper assistance from the government."
He also called for restricting the movement of Rohingyas, so that they cannot go to the distanced areas of the country and said it is for "their own good" because they need assistance.
Earlier, Police headquarters issued an advice in this regard requesting the local people for not renting out their houses to the Rohingyas. The local administration has also been asked to keep watch upon the presence of refugees in their locality, the police chief said.
Replying to a question, AKM Shahidul Hoque said, "Bangladesh will not allow its soil to be used as a breeding ground for the militants and law enforcement agencies are alert against militancy and other crimes in the areas."
He ruled out any possibility of militant groups penetrating among the vulnerable population of Rohingya refugees sheltered in the areas. Because, he said, police, RAB and other intelligence agencies are alert on the ground so that the militants could not infiltrate and provoke militancy among the Rohingyas.
During the briefing, the IGP also spoke of heightened security measures taken to ensure smooth holding of forthcoming Durga Puja and the Muharram "Ashura" across the country.
"There is no security risk for the Durga Puja, which would start from next week. Law enforcers will be deployed at the Puja mandaps until the immersion of Durga on October 30," he said.
He said necessary close circuit television cameras and metal detectors would be installed in the mandaps and all visitors would have to enter the mandops through checking, adding, "Any kind of untoward situation will be dealt with iron hand."
The IGP said Police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), members of intelligence agencies and ansars would be deployed to provide security in every puja mondops.
During the Muharram "Ashura" observe, police discussed leaders who organize taziya observation, and urged them to avoid knives, other lethal weapons and long flag stands in the taziya procession for facing untoward situation.
The IGP also said organizers of taziya procession have assured for not using such of the materials during their observation on October 1.
Besides, the intelligence agencies would gear up their vigilance and gather information about the suspected trouble-makers or offenders so that police could take all sorts of preventive measures to avert any incident during the Puja and the Muharram, he said.