62 more Rohingyas rescued


Police and Coast Guard in separate drives rescued 62 Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday before they were being trafficked to Malaysia by a boat through the Bay of Bengal.
Coast Guard of St Martin’s Island also held five suspected human traffickers at the island.
Some 199 Rohingyas, including women and children, were rescued by police and Coast Guard while being trafficked to Malaysia by boats through the Bay of Bengal from different points of the district during the past one week.
Two suspected Rohingya human traffickers were also killed in ‘gunfight’ with police during the time.
Sub-inspector Makbul Ahmed of Pekua police station said that police rescued 45 Rohingyas, including women and children, from jetty of Karimdad Mia, a coastal point of Kutubdia channel under Pekua police station on early Saturday.
Makbul said a police team raided the Karimdad Mia jetty point of Magnama area at about 1:30am after getting information from locals about the gathering.
`Some Rohingyas and human traffickers managed to flee before the arrival of police,’ Makbul said.
Rescued Rohingyas said, they came from Kutupalong refugee camp to migrate to Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Coast Guard of St Martin’s Island station rescued 17 more Rohingya refugees, including seven women, from Ceradiya point of the island on Friday night at about 11:45pm. Coast Guard officials also arrested five human traffickers from the point.
Human traffickers collected the Rohingya refugees from Nayapara, Ledha and Jadimora refugee camps under Teknaf for trafficking them to Malaysia by boat through the Bay.
Faizul Islam Mandal, Station Commander of St Martin’s Station, said the rescued Rohingya refugees have already been handed over to Teknaf police.
Prodip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station told New Age that five human traffickers were arrested from Kutubdia, Moheskhali, Ramu and Ukhiya.
A case has been filed with Teknaf police station against the human traffickers.
The rescued Rohingyas have been sent to their camps, he added.
Over 10 lakh Rohingyas, fleeing violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar, have taken shelter in Cox’s Bazar camps.
Mohibbullah, a Rohingya leader, told New Age that Rohingya refugees are trying to go to Malaysia willingly for a safer life. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are living in Malaysia.
Rohingya refugees are frustrated with their camp life of Bangladesh, he said.
`Human traffickers are cashing in on this situation and making money by sending Rohingya refugees to Malaysia. Human traffickers collect the travel expense from their relatives who are living in Malaysia,’ he said.