Everyday large numbers of Rohingya refugees from the Ukhiya and Teknaf camps are risking their lives to flee to Malaysia across the Bay of Bengal
Law enforcement agencies in separate drives detained 84 Rohingya refugees early Saturday in the Pekua and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar, as they tried to cross the ocean to Malaysia.
Bangladesh Coast Guard detained 17 refugees and five human traffickers from Saint Martin’s Island in Teknaf, said a press release signed by Coast Guard Detective Branch Assistant Director, Lt Cdr M Hamidul Islam.
The Rohingyas were sent back to their respective camps and the traffickers were arrested by Teknaf police station, added the press release.
Referring to another drive, Pekua police station OC Jakir Hossain said: “Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a drive in the Ujantia Jetty area and detained 62 Rohingyas. But the traffickers managed to flee into the ocean.”
During primary investigation, the refugees said they were from Ukhiya’s Kutupalong camp and were planning to flee to Malaysia, crossing the ocean on trawlers, he added.
Everyday, large numbers of Rohingya refugees from the Ukhiya and Teknaf camps are risking their lives to flee to Malaysia via the Bay of Bengal. Even though law enforcement agencies are catching them in the act, a significant number are getting away and managing to reach their destination.