Cox’s Bazar: Bangladesh: The authorities of Bangladesh had been arresting more than 200 Rohingyas in special drives alongthe Bangladesh-Burma border since started the month of September 2012, said a reliable source from Cox’s Bazar.
“Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coastguards and police arrested more than 200 Rohingya Muslims in different drives along the border.”
On September 14, sixteen Rohingyas were arrested from Shapuri Dip under the Teknaf police station by BGB. Later, they were pushed back to Burma.
Besides, BGB also arrested eight Rohingyas from the border point of Taungbro and Gumdum yesterday while they were entering the Bangladesh, said an aide of BGB.
According to sources, “the drive will be remaining continue by the government of Bangladesh as they have information that huge number of Burmese citizens are living in different areas of the district.”
Sources also said, Rohingyas are Muslim, they come to Bangladesh from Burma as they were persecuted such as— rape, killings, arbitrary arrest, torturing, extortion money, harassment, looting, burned down their houses—- and etc. by the police, Hluntin ( riot police), Nasaka (Burma’s border security force, army along with Moghs (Rakhines).
The US has urged the government of Bangladesh to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas like basic essential services — food, sanitation and healthcare — who have already taken shelter in Bangladesh from the neighboring Arakan State, Burma, US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan W Mozena told a press conference at American Centre here on Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Mozena also asked the Bangladesh government to keep the country’s border open to Rohingyas so that they can take shelter here and voluntarily and safely return home.