The news of Bangladesh deploying thousands of police personnel at the Rohingya refugee camp in the southern part of the country comes at a time when the first ever report consolidated by Physicians of Human Rights (PHR) states that there are forensic evidence of them (Rohingya) being killed ruthlessly in Myanmar. The report is expected to be presented later this month, said sources.
In another recent development, according to reports from Bangladesh, around 19 people, some of whom were leaders of community were recently killed at a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. The police stated that they are yet to find a clue in regards to the motives of these killings, however, some arrests have been made in connection to these killings, confirmed the police.
Police superintendent, A.K.M. Iqbal Hossain, who is in-charge of Bangladesh’s coastal town of Cox’s Bazar, and under whose jurisdiction the camp falls recently opined that a special force of around 2,400 personnel was being formulated to guard these refugees.
It was also reported that the latest murder of a 35-year-old man identified as Arifullah took place near the Balukhali camp in June this year. He was appointed the leader of the camp, which houses thousands of Rohingya refugees.
According to sources Arifullah was stabbed 25 times by a group of men, some of whom have been arrested. The men arrested speak good English and were seen on several occasions interacting with visiting delegates at the camp. The arrested men say that they were fighting for the rights of Rohingyas, reported sources.
Meanwhile, the Cox Bazar area of Bangladesh has turned into world’s fastest growing and largest refugee camp and according to reports the killings occur mostly to gain control of supplies.
As per sources, police have arrested around 300 Rohingyas involved in various crimes ranging from abductions, robberies and murders. Camp leaders at Balukhali and Taingkhali opined that the police had appointed volunteers for all round vigil but most of them left as they were not being paid.
International delegates and official visiting these camps observed that the security at these camps were indeed a big worry.
“What I hear from my colleagues is obviously a big concern,” observed president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer. He also opined that it is indeed a big challenge to maintain law and order when one has such “big numbers, cramped situation and poor conditions”.