Two groups vying for supremacy was the reason behind the clash
Police on Tuesday detained at least six Rohingya nationals from a camp in Cox’s Bazar for their alleged involvement in an internal clash between two Rohingya groups.
They were arrested from Unchiprang area under camp 22, confirmed Mohammad Hemayetul Islam, commanding officer of 16th APBn.
“A team was sent to the camp 22 following news of gunshots between two Rohingya groups just after the Fajr prayer on Tuesday. We detained nine people from the jungles and will take legal action against them,” said Islam.
The gunshots were exchanged on the eve of August 25 that marks the three year anniversary when hundreds of thousands of Rohingya started fleeing from their homeland in Myanmar following a military crackdown, aided by local Buddhist mobs and miscreants from other ethnic groups in northwest Rakhine in 2017.
Sources at the camp confirmed to Dhaka Tribune that the nine people were initially detained for their connection with arson but the three were later released.
Two locally made arms, two sharp weapons, and seven cartridges were seized when they were arrested.
Rashedul Hasan, camp in charge of camp 22, said the Rohingyas were detained for an internal clash.
But sources said the situation was tense in the camp for a few days over two groups trying to establish their supremacy.
The groups are the separatist group Harakah al-Yaqin, and another group who left the Yakin group and is trying o form a separate group.
APBn CO Islam also said two groups trying to establish supremacy was the reason behind the clash but failed to confirm whether it was Harakah al-Yakin or not.
He said proceedings are underway to file a case with Teknaf police station.
Yaqin is the former name of a group of Rohingya militants who renamed themselves Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in 2016 and its mission is to establish self-governance for the Rohingya.
The detention came at a time when Indian media reports stated that the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is active in the Rohingya camps, and training is being conducted with the backing of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI.
However, Bangladesh officials categorically said there was no existence of ARSA in the camps, so questions could not arise about their activities, including training militants.
On August 15, several Indian media outlets published reports that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the intelligence agency of Pakistan, was backing ARSA in Myanmar and was aiding a Bangladeshi terrorist outfit to train militants. The reports also said that Bangladeshi and Indian security forces were jointly fighting back against ARSA.
These reports were based on a report run by German news agency Deutsche Welle (DW) on February 13. The DW report itself was based on an Indian newspaper.
However, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), the government body responsible for dealing with the Rohingya crisis, including managing the camps, and the police chief in Cox’s Bazar, dismissed the claim.
Additional RRRC Kazi Mohammad Mozammel Hoque and superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar, Masud Hossain, dismissed the notion of any presence of ARSA in the camp, when talking to Dhaka Tribune.