Rohingya bodies working against repatriation

Vigilance beefed up in camps

Sohel Hossain Patwary and Wahid Rubel

2 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Authorities suspect that different Rohingya organisations are instigating the Rohingya people living in camps in Cox’s Bazar not to return to their homeland.

In addition to different groups working in Rohingya camps, it is also alleged that some NGOs are working behind the scene to delay the Rohingya repatriation to upset stability in the region.

Having energised by these groups and NGOs, displaced Rohingya people are now putting new conditions for ther repatriation.

According to law enforcement agencies and local administration sources, different organisations, including Voice of Rohingya, ARSA, AL-Yakin, Arakan Rakhine Society for Peace and Human Rights, are working to foil the repatriation process.

They are also instigating Rohingya people not to go back to Myanmar, the sources said.

Since the second attempt for Rohingya repatriation failed, leaders of these organisations have gone into hiding to avoid the law enforcing agencies.

In an investigation, it was found that around 50 service organisations and private-owned organisations are working in the camps without the permission of NGO Bureau Affairs.

They are also working against the Rohingya repatriation as it will stop their funds, sources said.

 Owing to the fact, the district administration office has become vigilant against the conspirators.

They said they are preparing a list of Rohingya leaders and NGOs who are working against the Rohingya return.

The Foreign Minister on Thursday said that they are closely watching the activities of NGOs and other organization’s activities in the camps.

He said that action would be taken against if their activities go beyond the terms and references.

Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Kamal Hossain recently said that they are investigating the mass gathering of Rohingya on August 25.

Intelligence surveillance has been increased to find out who were involved in sparking the Rohingya instigation, and if any NGO is found to be involved, stringent action will be taken against them, he said.      

According to different sources, names of some Rohingya leaders who have been living in Bangladesh for long have come into front due to their anti-repatriation campaigns in the camps.

Moulvi Md Idris, Salamat Ullah alias Shaikh Salamat, Abdur Rahim, Ayas, Moazzem Hossain Saifi, Selim Ullah, Yasin, Hafez Jaber, Md Hasim, Moulvi Aby Nafar, Osman Nejami, Yahia, Md Jubayer, Shamsu Hujur, Abdul Hamid, Ruhul Amin, Shafiqur Rahman, Cholahul Islam, Md Anis, Hafez Jubayer, Abu SIddik Arman and Abdul Halim Dakat are suspected to be the key leaders instigating Rohingya people in the camps.

It has been learnt that these organizations and leaders are making huge money by cashing in Rohingya issue from donors across the world.

Talking to Rohingya people, this correspondent found that leaders of Rohingya locally called as ‘Majhi’ have constantly been threatening them not to agree to go back to Myanmar.

They also shared that Majhis are dominating the camps and even they torture Rohingya who want to go back to Myanmar.

Jobor Mullok, a sheltered Rohingya living in Shafi Ullah Kata Camp, said Rohingya extremists have asked them not to agree with the process until their five points are met.

While contacted, additional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar police, Mohammad Iqbal Hossain said that they are investigating the issue and any effort to carry out any activities that go beyond the country’s national interest will be dealt with stern measures.

Pointing fingers to some NGOs, local host community leaders said that Rohingya people do not listen to the government. They only listen to the NGOs as they are the providers of all kinds of services in the camps.