Alleging their relief team has been stopped from providing the Rohingya in Cox's Bazar's Ukhiya with humanitarian aid, BNP has said that the government is not genuinely looking out for the persecuted refugees.
"The Ukhiya administration has blocked our central relief team, led by our Standing Committee Member Mirza Abbas, and our 20 trucks carrying relief materials," BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Wednesday.
"Not only that, police has also cordoned off BNP’s Cox's Bazar office. Our top leaders are trapped in there. We strongly condemn such incidents," he said, reports UNB.
The BNP leader also demanded the local administration immediately allow their team to stand by the Rohingyas with relief materials.
Mirza Fakhrul was addressing a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, in Dhaka when he received a phone call informing him about the situation at Ukhiya.
He then informed the reporters about police obstructing their relief team there.
"This incident has removed the government's mask. Their assertion that they are standing by the Rohingya is mere eyewash. If they were helping the Rohingyas, they wouldn’t have stopped our relief team," he said.
On Tuesday, a BNP delegation, led by Mirza Abbas, had left for Cox's Bazar with relief items for the Rohingyas who have taken shelter in different areas there after fleeing persecution by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
The team, which also includes Standing Committee Members Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, was scheduled to visit the Rohingya camps in the district and distribute the relief items.