Rohingya Camp Fire

‘Those found involved to be brought to book’

Staff Correspondent

25 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday said if anyone is found involved in the fire incident at a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar, they will be brought to justice.

“We have formed two investigation committees to identify the causes behind the fire. They are working on it,” he said.

The minister made the remarks while briefing reporters during his visit to the fire-ravaged camp at Balukhali in Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar.

Asaduzzaman Khan arrived at the camp at 11:00 am and paid visit to various blocks of Balukhali Camp.  Later, he distributed relief goods provided by the Rapid Action Battalion-15 among the affected Rohingyas.

When asked whether the affected people will be moved to Bhasan Char, the minister said the government has no plan to relocate the affected Rohingyas to Bhasan Char. However, those who would willingly want to go to the island will be sent there.

Mentioning that many local families were affected by the fire, the minister said they will also be provided assistance so that they can recoup their losses soon.

He further said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the displaced Rohingyas shelter and she is still beside them. “The government is doing everything to make sure a safe repatriation and has taken initiatives again to ensure shelters for you,” the minister told the Rohingyas.

Saimum Komol, lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar sadar constituency, Mostafa Kamal Uddin, senior secretary at the public security division of the home ministry, and Azim Ahmed, captain of RAB-15 and wing commander, among other administrative officials, accompanied the minister during the visit.          

At least 11 people were killed and about 550 others were injured in the fire on Monday. Besides, some 400 Rohingyas are still missing.

Some 10,000 houses burnt down in the flames, displacing about 50,000 Rohingyas. Hospitals, distribution centers, learning centers, and other necessary facilities were also damaged in the fire.