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Anti-terror crackdown soon in Rohingya camps

Army to assist law enforcers

  • Special Correspondent
  • 29 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that law enforcers will launch a crackdown in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district to stop different criminal activities.

The minister said this while briefing reporters at his secretariat office on Sunday.

"Based on specific information, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), police, and Ansar will jointly conduct the operations. If necessary, the army will assist the law enforcers," said the minister.

"The Rohingyas are using Myanmar’s mobile phones and networks, and that’s why we cannot identify criminals. Drugs are arriving in trawlers on the Naf River. It has been decided to register trawlers to check drug smuggling," said the minister.

The Foreign Minister, State Minister, and Secretary for Disaster Management, as well as senior officers of different departments, were also present in the meeting.

The majority of the Rohingyas living in Cox's Bazar's 32 camps have been involved in a variety of criminal activities, including murder, kidnapping, rape, carrying illegal arms and drug smuggling, sexual harassment, illegal SIM trading, and robbery.

Even the activities of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has also been observed in the camps, said an investigation report placed before the court after the murder of Rohingya leader Mohibullah.

A record stored with law enforcement agencies shows around 101 murders have taken place in the Rohingya camps so far, most of them centred on smuggling and establishing supremacy.

The Rohingyas have not only killed some of their own community (Rohingyas) but also some Bangladeshis.

The most worrying matter is that Rohingyas are now in the majority in Ukhiya and Teknaf areas, while Bangladeshis are now in the minority there.

That is why the locals are worried about how long the situation in the Rohingya camp will be under the control of the security forces.