COX’S BAZAR: The persecuted Rohingyas reiterated their five-point demand including citizenship and security for safe repatriation to their homeland.
They came up with the demands at a rally marking the two years into their influx to Bangladesh on Sunday following brutal military crackdown at the Rakhine state of Myanmar.Different organisations working for rights of the Rohingyas took part in the rally.
Though the administration didn’t give them permission, some 50,000 Rohingya people gathered at the Madhuchhara Extention-4 Camp under Ukhia upazila on Sunday.
Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights Chairman Muhib Ullah, Master Abdur Rahim, Moulvi Syed Ullah and Rohingya Woman Leader Hamida Begum addressed at the rally. Muhib Ullah in his speech called upon Myanmar government for meeting their five-point demand including ensuring of citizenship, security and giving back of the ancestral lands. The Rohingyas will not return until the demands are met, he said.
Speakers at the rally condemned the atrocities including genocide and rape on Rohingya people and demanded trial of involved military personnel and extremists at international tribunal. They called upon the world people for putting pressure on Myanmar government for their safe repatriation.
Later, they offered munajat praying salvation for the deceased Rohingyas and seeking peaceful future of them.
On the other hand, the Rohingyas are now appeared as a matter of grave concern for the locals as they are getting involved with different criminal activities.Some criminal groups of Rohingyas developed unauthorised shop, drug trading spot, prostitution while also got involved with human trafficking, abduction and robbery.
Rohingya criminals shot a Juba League leader calling him out of his residence at Teknaf upazila on Friday last.
Ukhia Upazila Chairman and Upazila Awami League President Principal Hamidul Hoque Chowdhury said some 11 lakh Rohingyas are living at 33 camps developed at Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas. “It is too tough to keep the huge population under control while failure in repatriation for two times also appeared as matter of concern for the locals,” he said.
Criminal activities by Rohingyas and their aggressive attitude are also increasing day by day. It should be stopped now, added Hamidul. According to sources, some 46 Rohingyas were killed in fighting and gunfight with law enforcers since January to August this year. Over 400 cases were filed against Rohingyas on different charges over the last two years and some 1,100 Rohingyas were sent to jail in the cases, they said.
Cox’s Bazar Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Iqbal Hossain said police have been keeping strict vigilance to check criminal activities by the Rohingyas. Actions are being taken against the accused following law, he said.
Cox’s Bazar Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Md Abul Kalam said the Rohingyas were given shelter on humanitarian grounds.
“The repatriation process was failed twice as we don’t want to send them back forcibly,” he said.