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Int’l criminal gangs active in Rohingya camps

Two more killed; 40 murders in 5 months

Published : 21 Dec 2023 10:49 PM
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Two Rohingya men were shot to death by miscreants in separate incidents allegedly over establishing of supremacy at Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar district early Thursday.

One of the deceased was identified as Abdullah, 27, a resident of Camp no 17 in Ukhiya, while the identity of the other deceased could not be known immediately.

Shamim Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ukhiya Police Station, said a group of 20-30 armed miscreants entered Camp no 17 around 5 am and opened fire on Abdullah, leaving him dead.

Meanwhile, another Rohingya man was shot to death by another group of miscreants in the camp around 6 am over the same issue.

On information, police recovered the bodies and sent them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. According to sources, with the direct and indirect support of international conspiracies and INGOs, incidents of shootings, clashes and murders are frequent at the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

Myanmar’s armed groups, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), are engaged infighting over control of the camps, control of drug smuggling and extortion.

In addition, the officials and employees of domestic and foreign private development organizations working in the camps are concerned about the safety of life.

On early Thursday, two Rohingya men, including a head majhi, were shot to death by miscreants, allegedly over establishing supremacy, in separate incidents in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar district. The dead were identified as Nadir Hossain, a leader of Rohingyas, locally known as

 head majhi, and Abdullah, 27, a resident of Camp no 17 in Ukhiya.

According to police and Rohingya leaders, at least 40 Rohingya have been killed in a series of clashes and shootings in refugee camps over the past five months. Among them 15 are Rohingya leaders, locally known as head majhi.

M Gafur Uddin Chowdhury, chairman of Palongkhali Union Parishad, said “In the international conspiracy, many INGOs are directly and indirectly supporting these violent incidents in a bid to keep the environment of the camp unstable.”

“If the government does not take immediate action against them with information through the intelligence agencies, a more dire situation is waiting ahead” he said.

Nur Mohammad Sikder, president of Ukhiya branch Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (SHUJAN), said “International gangs are targeting the Rohingya camps to destabilize the country and providing arms and money to the Rohingyas, due to which there is constant clash of weapons and loss of lives in various camps. As a result, the local population is living in extreme fear and danger.”

Shamim Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ukhiya Police Station, said “The incidents of violence are happening between the terrorist groups to control the domination and various misdeeds in the camp. Also, the activities of many international and domestic NGOs are questionable, their movements are monitored by law enforcement agencies.”

According to information provided by concerned responsible sources and Rohingya leaders, five Rohingyas including two ARSA terrorists were killed in five separate clashes and shootings in several Rohingya camps in Ukhiya last April. At least 11 Rohingyas were killed in 10 separate clashes and shootings in several refugee camps last March. 

Several Rohingya leaders who did not want to be named said that several groups including ARSA and RSO conducted weapons drills in the camps after dusk. They firing blank bullets to create fear in the camps. 

Posters have been pasted in various Rohingya camps including Kutupalong, Lambashia, Balukhali and Madhurchhara to nab ARSA chief commander Ataullah Abu Ammar Jununi and eight terrorists. The poster, written in Burmese and English, also announced a reward of Tk 1 lakh if anyone who provides specific information to nab them.

Earlier, posters were put up to hand over Rohingya terrorist Nabi Hussain, one of the masterminds of drug smuggling. In March last year, Cox’s Bazar 34 BGB announced a reward of Tk 10 lakh if Nabi Hossain was handed over.

Last year, 14 APBN raided several camps including Balukhali in Ukhiya and arrested at least 500 Rohingya terrorists with 7 foreign pistols, more than 30 one-shooter guns and huge ammunition.

Additional DIG Md Iqbal, Commander of 14 APBN, said that special operations are being conducted in camps to catch Rohingya terrorists. A number of ARSA terrorists have been arrested along with weapons and ammunition. But as the main hosts are located on the border of Myanmar, some are located in the deep forests of Teknaf, so it is not possible to catch them.

Regarding the announcement of the joint operation, Additional DIG Md Amir Zafar, Commander of 8 APBN, said “Operations are underway to arrest terrorists in shelter camps. Many terrorists are being caught with weapons. “