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Home minister: Action against those providing passports to Rohingyas

  • Published at 04:04 pm September 18th, 2019
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected

The minister said many agencies are involved in the process of providing passports to Rohingyas

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said action will be taken against those involved in providing passports to Rohingyas.

 “Certificates from local chairmen, birth certificates and police verification are needed for passports. Everyone involved in irregularities will be punished. No-one will be spared,” he warned on Wednesday.

The minister was addressing the media at the Secretariat after a meeting on security issues during the Durga Puja.

Many agencies are involved in the process of providing passports to Rohingyas, he added.

Asaduzzaman said the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals were registered biometrically when they came to Bangladesh.

The minister said: “They are easily detected whenever they try to obtain passports. Those who are trying to bypass the system are also being caught.

"Legal action is being taken against everyone involved."

Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas, most of them came here after August 25, 2017.

An unspecified number of Rohingyas have gone abroad with Bangladeshi passports, obtained with fake documents and through the assistance of corrupt government officials.

Although there is no specific number, the Expatriates Welfare minister said about 250,000 Rohingyas had travelled abroad with Bangladeshi passports last year.

Their involvement in criminal activities is tarnishing the image of the hard-working Bangladeshi workers.