Repeated violence involving shootings and killings in the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (FDMN) camps, or Rohingya camps as they are popularly called, has been going on for quite some time. The shooting down of Mohibullah, chairman of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, on September 29, became a major news headline around the world, nationally and internationally.
The killing of prominent Rohingya leader Mohibullah master, once a teacher in his homeland and very vocal against the Myanmar regime, shocked the world. It also raises some pertinent questions like who would actually benefit from the death of a Rohingya teacher who was earnestly leading for the repatriation of his people back to their homeland in Myanmar.
It is not a secret that many Rohingyas, living an idle life in the camps in Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh, are getting immersed in illegal activities like drugs and arms trafficking. Drugs and arms trafficking are a source of huge earnings for those who are involved. Therefore, it may also be possible that the violent incidents of shootings and killings, erupting at irregular intervals, are manifestations of turf wars between rival gangs in the camps.
Rohingyas who are involved with illegal drug and arms trafficking gangs are not interested in returning to their homeland in Myanmar, not just for fear of their lives but for the negative and highly rewarding new life they have created for themselves in Bangladesh. Not to mention, neither is Myanmar showing any signs of eagerness to take back any of their million plus Rohingya population from Bangladesh. Therefore, it is necessary to unearth the real cause behind the violence and killings before the minor tremors turn to major eruptions.