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16-point recommendations to ensure security in Rohingya camps

  • Published at 08:12 pm May 29th, 2019
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This photo taken recently shows a makeshift rohingya camp in cox’s Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

A section of the Rohingyas is getting involved in crime which is triggering violence, murder and other breaches of law

To ensure security in the Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps, 16 recommendations were sent from the police to relevant quarters.

The 16 point recommendations include - stoppage of holding indiscriminate illegal markets, forming of a valid guideline for bazaars, placement of light posts and CCTV cameras, stopping use of illegal SIMs by Rohingyas, establishment of barbed wire fences and ensuring presence of rehabilitation official at the camps at night.

According to several sources, the situation at the camps undergo a massive change at night with several depraved Rohingyas engaged in open trade and abuse of narcotics along with other unlawful acts. This is created due to absence of electricity and problems related to infrastructure.

A section of the Rohingyas is getting involved in crime which is triggering violence, murder and other breaches of law.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said: “Unless Myanmar repatriates the Rohingyas, they may become victims of international terrorism, which will threaten not only Bangladesh but the whole world.”

In the last 21 months, many Rohingyas have become involved in murder, smuggling, rape and human trafficking.

In the same period, 328 cases were lodged with 711 accused. Of these, there were 31 murders, 31 cases related to illegal weapons and 118 linked to drugs.

Reportedly the older Rohingyas have sophisticated weapons.

But Cox’s Bazar police Superintendent (SP) ABM Masud Hossain, says: “We have ensured 24 hour police presence at the camps; joint forces are carrying out patrols and 24 hour police presence has been confirmed.”

Most of the crimes committed in the camps were related to extortion from illegally established markets and family feuds; also, the weapons recovered are locally made and not modern, he observed.

Recommendations have been made to improve communication, power, CCTVs and barbed wire fences, said the police officer, adding: “Once these are in place, the situation will become normal.”