Rohingyas demand citizenship, security

Wahid Rubel

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

COX’S BAZAR: The persecuted Rohingyas reiterated their five-point demand including citizenship and safety for safe repatriation to their homeland.

They came up with the demands at a rally marking the two years into their influx to Bangladesh 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 Extension-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 the event.

In his speech, Muhib Ullah called upon the Myanmar government for meeting their five-point demand. The Rohingyas will not return until the demands are met, he said. Speakers at the rally condemned the atrocities including genocide and rape of Rohingya people and demanded that military personnel and extremists involved in the barbarity be tried in international tribunal.

They called upon the world to put pressure on Myanmar government to ensure their safe repatriation.

Later, they offered munajat praying salvation of the deceased Rohingyas.

On the other hand, the activities of Rohingyas are now posing a threat to the host community, as they are now getting involved in different criminal activities.

Some criminal groups of Rohingyas set up unauthorised shop where drug trading and prostitution take place. They are also complicit in human trafficking, abduction and robbery.

Rohingya criminals shot a Juba League leader at Teknaf upazila on Friday. Ukhia Upazila Chairman and Upazila Awami League President Principal Hamidul Hoque Chowdhury said some 11 lakh Rohingyas are living in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas.

“It is very tough to keep the huge population under control while failure in repatriation for two times is also a matter of grave 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 in accordance with law, he said.

Cox’s Bazar Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Md Abul Kalam said the Rohingyas were given shelter on humanitarian grounds.