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Case filed over Rohingya camp fire

Plaintiff claims a group of 20/25 miscreants set fire to several places of the camp in a planned act of sabotage

Update : 14 Mar 2023, 09:22 PM

A case has been filed against 25 unidentified people in connection with a fire at a Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar on March 5.

Md Salim, a resident of camp No 11, filed the case at Ukhiya police station on Monday, OC Mohammad Ali told Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

Salim, an assistant majhi or a Rohingya community leader, in the case statement said a group of 20/25 miscreants had set fire to several places of the camp in a planned act of sabotage.

SI Khair Uddin had been given the responsibility of investigating the matter, the OC said.

A panel looking into the fire declared on Sunday that it had been a "planned act of sabotage" that had caused thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in the camp to lose their homes.

The fire on March 5 burned about 2,800 shelters and more than 90 buildings, including hospitals and educational establishments, leaving more than 12,000 people without a place to stay, according to officials.

The majority of the more than 1 million Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar escaped a military-led crackdown in Myanmar in 2017 and now reside in tens of thousands of bamboo and plastic sheeting houses.

Earlier on March 22, 2021, a terrible fire broke out in the same camp, killing 11 people, leaving over 500 others injured and burning more than 10,000 houses.

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