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Rohingya with fake NIDs: EC staff, 2 others remanded

  • Published at 03:03 am September 19th, 2019
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Sample of a smart ID card, issued by Bangladesh government Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Metropolitan Magistrate Mehnaz Rahman passed the order after police requested for seven days to interrogate the trio

A Chittagong court on Wednesday placed into police remand three people, including an Election Commission official, who are accused of helping Rohingyas refugees in obtaining Bangladeshi national identity (NID) cards.

Metropolitan Magistrate Mehnaz Rahman passed the order after police requested for seven days to interrogate the trio.

The accused are Joynal Abedin, 35, office assistant at Double-Mooring Thana Election office, Bijoy Das, 26, and his sister Sima Das, 24, residents of Patiya upazila.

Bijoy is a driver and Sima is a fourth class employee of a hospital.

Chittagong Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Unit Inspector Rajesh Barua, also the case investigating officer, told Dhaka Tribune that Joynal was remanded for three days and the two others for a day.

On Tuesday, Pallabi Chakma, election officer of the Double-Mooring Thana Election office, filed the case at Kotwali police station under the Digital Security Act and the Election Commission Act.

On Monday, the Election Commission suspended Joynal.

18 suspected Rohingyas with passports, NID cards held

Police in Chittagong on Wednesdayevening detained 18 suspected Rohingyas and two brokers with Bangladeshi passports and national identity (NID) cards.

A Detective Branch (DB) team took them into custody from in front of the Assistant High Commission of India situated in Khulshi around 7pm, said Chittagong Metropolitan Police DB’s Assistant Commissioner Mizanur Rahman.

He said the 20 people were first detained because of their suspicious movement near the commission on Habib Lane, a branch street of Zakir Hossain Road. The commission also houses a Visa Application Center.

Later, the NIDs and passports were found on them.

The detainees were later taken to the DB office in the port city’s Laldighi area, said Mizanur. “They are being questioned and we are working to verify their identities.”

On September 5, an Akbar Shah police team had arrested three more Rohingya youths with Bangladeshi passports from Kattoli area.

During primary interrogation, the trio confessed that they obtained passports from the Regional Passport Office in Noakhali through a broker, using fake NID cards and other documents.

On the same day, officials of Chittagong Divisional Passport and Visa Office had detained another Rohingya youth while he was trying to collect a Bangladeshi passport using a fake identity.