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Arms smuggled into Rohingya camps to create unrest

Says home minister

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said illegal firearms were being smuggled into Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar from neighbouring country Myanmar, aiming to destroy prevailing peaceful atmosphere and create anarchy here.  

But, the law and order situation in the camps remained normal, said the minister.

He made the remarks while talking to journalists after emerging from a meeting on security measures on the occasion of the upcoming Durga Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Hindu community, at his secretariat office in the capital.

In reply to a question as to why the law and order situation in the camps suddenly got worse resulting in the murder of a Rohingya leader, he said, “Sufficient members of law enforcing agencies have been deployed in the camps and the law and order situation is good enough.”

“Firearms were being illegally sent to the camps from Myanmar to create unstable situation. Earlier, the same crimes were also committed.  You (journalist) are seeing the clashes among different groups of the Rohingyas in the camps.”

About Rohingya politician and activist Mohibullah, who was gunned down at his office at Kutupalong camp on September 29, the minister said he was always vocal in the repatriation of the Rohingyas to their motherland, Myanmar.  

“We are carrying out an investigation into the murder incident to dig out the main reason behind it and the culprits involved in the murder. The investigation will discover if there was any foreign organisation behind the heinous crimes,” he said.

The minister hoped for quickly bringing the killers and their perpetrators to book. Barbed wires and watch towers will be set up around and in the camps to check any crime there, he added.