Section 144 imposed in border areas, Bangladesh

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Section 144 imposed in border areas by the district administration in the town for an indefinite period following on February15, fierce clashes, and 26 Rohingyas were arrested and sent to jail by the security personnel, according to official from border area.
In the evening of February 15, the concerned authorities of Bangladesh conducted operation and arrested 26 Rohingyas from the Court Bazar of Cox’s Bazar district after checking different buses.

The Bangladesh security personnel arrested 26 Rohingyas from different buses –running from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf – with allegation of joining the demonstration of Jamaat-e-Islami in Cox’s bazar on February 15. But the Rohingyas are refugees from Kutupalong makeshift camp who went to cox’s bazar to work for their families survival, according to sources.

The arrested Rohingya are:- Jamal Hussain (22), Abu Bokkar Siddik (25), Noor Ahamed (25), Abdul Jalil (35), Nur Mohamed (30), Mostafizur Rahaman (22), Abul Kashim (42), Mohamed Kashim (20), Abdul Hashim (19), Shaker Ali (20), Shamsul Alam (16), Boshir Ahmed (32), Mohmed Kolil (55), Md. Eliyas (42), Lukmal Hakim (35), Yasin (22), Abdu Salam (18), Ayoub Khan (24), Janu Meah (40), Md. Hassan (30), Rashid Ullah (35), Ayoubullah (28), Amir Hamza (45), Md. Kobir (48), and Asadullah (19).

After arrest, they were brought to Ukhiya police station for further investigation. Police has filed case against them and sent to Cox’s Bazar jail.

A local elder said from border on condition of anonymity, Rohingyas are not involving in the demonstration of Jamaat-e-Islami. Mostly Rohingyas came to Bangladesh from Burma to take shelter for no lives security in their home land and persecution by security force in Arakan State, Burma.

A Rohingya daily worker told at Kaladan Press Network from Kutupalong makeshift camp, “We are very afraid to go outside the camp for working for fearing of arrest by Bangladesh security force.”

“If we don’t go to work one day, we will become famish with our children.We are not supported by UNHCR and Bangladesh authority.”

Jamaat enforced the shutdown protesting the deaths of three people in sporadic clashes with police on Friday. The first day of a 48-hour hartal (strike) enforced by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami in the district passed off almost peacefully on Saturday.

The section 144 was withdrawn around 10:00am as normalcy returned to the district on February 16, quoting District Magistrate Md Ruhul Amin.

The indefinite ban on all gatherings (section-144) was imposed in the town at 3:00pm on February 15.

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