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IGP: Rohingya refugees roaming outside their camps will be considered illegal

  • Published at 06:49 pm September 18th, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:52 pm September 18th, 2017
IGP: Rohingya refugees roaming outside their camps will be considered illegal
Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque on Monday said people of Rohingya community, fleeing in thousands from their homesteads in the Rakhine state of Myanmar to Bangladesh, will be treated as illegal immigrants while they are outside their designated camps as they have no visas or passports. “If they are found outside their camps, they will be considered illegal and the members of law enforcement agencies will make them return to their camps,” he said at a press conference on the eve of the Durga Puja and Ashura at the police headquarters. He also added that over 200 Rohingyas were found outside and they were taken back to their camps until Monday. “We did not detain them, instead, facilitated their return to their respective camps on humanitarian ground. They [Rohingya people] must stay in their camps and need to be registered to get proper assistance from the government,” he said. He also called for restricting the movement of the refuge seekers, so that they cannot go to the distanced areas of the country and said it is for “their own good” because they need assistance. Earlier, Police headquarters issued an advice in this regard requesting the local people for not renting out their houses to the Rohingya people. The local administration has also been asked to keep watch upon the presence of refugees in their locality, the police chief said. The IGP also ruled out any possibility of militant groups penetrating among the vulnerable population of Rohingya refugees sheltered in the areas. "Police, RAB and other intelligence agencies are alert on the ground so that the militants could not infiltrate and provoke militancy among the Rohingya," he added.