A mobile court has sentenced six people to different jail terms on the charge of extorting Rohingya refugees in exchange for providing them with accommodation.
The convicts are Monir Ahmed, 45, Farid Alam, 30, Nurul Kabir, 32, Nurul Amin Babu, 35, Zainal Abdin, 35 and Shahab Uddin. All of them hail from Thaingkhali area in Ukhiya upazila, Cox's Bazar. Cox’s Bazar District Administration Executive Magistrate Juwel Ahmed handed over the verdict on Friday.
Of them, Monir was awarded a 20-day jail term while the rest will have to serve 15 days in prison.
Earlier on Wednesday, members of Rapid Action Battalion 7 detained the miscreants from Ukhiya’s Thaingkhali area around 11am and produced them before the court.
Commander of RAB 7 Cox’s Bazar office Major Ruhul Amin told the Dhaka Tribune that a syndicate based on Ukhiya and Teknaf has been making a quick buck by looting the newly arrived Rohingya refugees in several ways.
“Tipped off, the six culprits were detained and all of them confessed their involvement with the syndicate during our primary interrogation,” he added.