Police have rescued two young Rohingya women from Bhangabari village under Enayetpur police station in Sirajganj on Friday.
They were identified as Rokeya Khatun, 19, wife of Amanullah, and Rahima Khatun, 18, wife of Nur-e-Alam.
The Rohingya women told the Dhaka Tribune they were in Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar after they fled their homes in strife-torn Rakhine state of Myanmar in August last year.
After living in the camp for some days, they took shelter at the house of one of their “relatives” in Dinajpur, from where one Nazrul Islam, locally known as a human trafficker, took them to his house in Bhangabari village on Wednesday with a false promise of sending them to Malaysia.
Harun-or-Rashid, a local, said: “Nazrul has long been involved in human trafficking. It is still unclear to us whether he brought in the Rohingya women to send them abroad or for sex.”
The incident has resulted in a huge public outcry in the locality, he added.
Contacted over the phone, Nazrul requested this correspondent refrain from reporting the incident.
Rashedul Islam, officer-in-charge of Enayetpur police station, said: “The two women are in our custody. We will decide our course of action in consultation with higher authorities on Saturday.”
Nazrul and his family are on the run, he added.