Now, Rohingyas from India

Over 1,300 are now in Cox’s Bazar transit point; exact number to be determined soon: Official

19 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Cox’s Bazar: Rohingya Muslims, not less than 1,300, who entered Bangladesh from India recently, are now staying at Ukhia upazila’s Balukhali transit point, said an official here on Friday, reports UNB.

“At least 1,300 Rohingays fled India and entered Bangladesh since the beginning of the new year. They’ve been kept at a transit point,” Saikat Biswas, an official at Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), told UNB.

They (Rohingyas) will not be sent to Rohingya camp right now and they are now under the supervision of UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.

Talking to UNB, Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Mohammad Abul Kalam said the exact number of Rohingyas arrived here from India will be determined through proper identification of those living in various places instead of the transit point.

On January 4, the UN refugee agency sought clarification from India over the return of Rohingya and regretted the India’s decision.

“UNHCR regrets India’s decision to repatriate a group of Rohingya to Myanmar, the second such return in three months,” said the UN refugee agency.

UNHCR said it continues to request access and seek clarification on the circumstances under which the return has taken place.