Rohingyas collecting Bangladeshi passports | 2019-06-15 | daily-sun.com

Rohingyas collecting Bangladeshi passports

15 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Cox's Bazar: As they do not see any light of hope for their repatriation to their homeland in Rakhine state, Myanmar with dignity, a large number of Rohingyas are either making desperate move to go abroad illegally or spread to different parts of the country, putting their host Bangladesh in a fresh problem, reports UNB.

Local police and NGO officials said a human trafficking racket is encouraging the Rohingyas, mainly the women, to take the risk of going to Malaysia and Indonesia through the sea or flee camps to collect Bangladeshi passports with fake documents.

The racket is providing the Rohingyas with false documents for collecting passports and helping them escape their camps and contact their relatives living in different Muslim countries. Even, some Rohingyas are receiving Bangladeshi passports with the help of the human traffickers resorting to various tricks.

Contacted, Brig Gen Saidur Rahman Khan, Project Director (PD) of Introduction of e-Passport and Automated Border Control Management in Bangladesh, told UNB that almost all the Rohingyas took shelter in Bangladesh registered their biometric data. "We're taking steps to incorporate the finger prints of Rohingyas in our system so that they can't get Bangladeshi passports by any means. I hope, the process will be completed by July next," he added.

Saidur said Rohingyas collect necessary documents for passports showing Bangladeshis as their parents as locals help them. Local police, BGB members and coastguards intensified their monitoring and launched special drives to prevent the Rohingyas from escaping their camps. Law enforcers set up eight check posts at Ukhiya and Teknaf while coastguards took position at different points of the Naf River and the Bay of Bengal.

In their separate drives, BGB, Coast Guard and Police detained around 600 Rohingyas over the last one and half months foiling their bid to flee to Malaysia through the sea. Police super of Cox's Bazar ABM Masud Hossain said Rohingyas are mainly fleeing their camps through different clandestine ways in hills and jungles.

Besides, he said, the displaced Myanmar nationals are now taking help from local people to learn their language, dress-up style, and way of communication. "So, they now make efforts to escape their camps pretending to be local people."


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