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Police: No ARSA member in Bangladesh

Update : 24 Sep 2017, 10:54 AM
There is no member of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in Bangladesh, police have said. “Members of law enforcement agencies including Border Guard Bangladesh, police and other intelligence wings have kept the border areas under strict surveillance to prevent entrance of ASRA members,” Cox's Bazar Superintendent of Police (SP) AKM Iqbal Hossain said on Friday. He made the claim during a meeting organised at district deputy commissioner's office to discuss distribution of humanitarian assistance among Rohingya refugees. “Around 430,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh till Friday escaping the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. They have taken shelter in different camps in Teknaf and Ukhiya,” the SP said. “Twenty-two mobile teams and 11 check posts are in operation to restrain the refugees from scattering across Cox’s Bazar as well as other parts of the country. So far around 5,119 Rohingya tried to leave their camps and but were sent back. The police high official also said: “Rohingya refugees in Teknaf and Ukhiya camps have a lot of internal conflict, which should not create any distraction as different intelligence agencies, along with the police, are always working in the camps.” He also added that police had set up a control-room to keep everything under surveillance. ARSA, previous named Harakah al-Yaqin, operates in Rakhine state in northern Myanmar and is identified as a terrorist organisation by the country’s government. ARSA members attacked 30 police posts and an army base, and killed 12 security personnel on August 24 and 25 in Rakhine state. The ARSA attack prompted a counter-insurgency crackdown by the Myanmar security forces that forced more than 422,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh to escape fresh spell of violence.
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