COX’S BAZAR: A total of 84 Rohingyas, who gathered to go to Malaysia through waterway, were rescued from Teknaf and Pekua upazilas in the district on Friday night and early Saturday.
Five human traffickers were also arrested in this connection.Teknaf Station Commandant Lieutenant Commander M Faizul Islam Mondal of Bangladesh Coast Guard (CG) said on information of gathering of Rohingyas for trafficking to Malaysia through waterway in Dakkin Beach area of Saint Martin’s Island under the Teknaf upazila, they conducted a drive there on Friday night.
The CG-men rescued 17 Rohingyas, residents of different Rohingya camps in the district, from the Island during the drive, he said adding that five human traffickers were also arrested during the drive.
The rescued Rohingyas include seven women and 10 men, the CG officer said.
On the other hand, Officer in-Charge (OC) Md Jakir Hossain Bhuiyan of Pekua police station said being informed, they conducted a drive in Ujantiya Karimdad Mian Ghat area and rescued 67 Rohingyas who gathered there to be trafficked to the Malaysia through waterway around 1:30am.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, human traffickers managed to flee from the spot, he said adding that the rescued Rohingyas include 15 children, 31 women and 21 men.
OC Jakir said the rescued Rohingyas disclosed names of four human traffickers identified as Mohamad Titu, Abdul Goni, Mohammad Mansur and Mohammad Mesbah.Drives were going on to arrest the accused, the OC added.
Handing over of the rescued Rohingyas to the concerned authorities through court was under process, sources said.
Mentionable, CG-men also rescued 22 Malaysia-bound Rohingyas from different coastal areas under Teknaf upazila in the district on April 30.