Police have asked Bangladeshi citizens not to shelter or rent houses to any Rohingya refugees who are attempting to leave the camps and spread out across the country.
The announcement was made through a press release on Saturday, signed by Assistant Inspector General (Media) Sahely Ferdous of police headquarters.
The press release also included a set of guidelines for both refugees and local people regarding the matter.
As part of the police initiative, movement of Rohingya refugees has been restricted to within the camps in Cox’s Bazar, since the government has already arranged accommodation, food and medical services for them within the camp site.
The press release added that the Rohingya must reside in their designated camps until they are sent back to Myanmar, while directing them to not take shelter outside the camp site or at their relatives’ houses.
The police have also requested the road, water and airway transport authorities concerned not to allow the purchase of tickets without proper identification.
Local citizens have been urged to keep law enforcement officials informed if any Rohingya refugees are spotted outside the camps.
“Amidst the escalating numbers of refugees scattering across the country, Bangladesh police seeks overall cooperation from the people of Bangladesh,” the press release read.
Since the renewed military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state began on August 25, around one third of the Rohingya population have fled to Bangladesh. The Rohingya refugees are currently taking shelter in several camps in Teknaf.