180 Rohingyas arrestees are not long march joiner: refugees

Ukhiya, Bangladesh:  180 Rohingyas –who were arrested by border security force on 4-5 April – are not long march joiners of Hefazate Islam Bangladesh (HIB), said refugees from unregistered and registered refugees from Kutupalong,Ukhiya.
“Most of the arrestee refugees are from unregistered camp who are facing shortage of foods for blocking them to go to work for their survival. So, they are taking risk for their family survival and to feed them by working in different places along the border and Cox’s Bazar.”

The refugee demanded the concerned authority of camp to issue any kinds of identification to recognize us as refugee, while the camp authority block them not to go out of camp, said an elder from the camp to deny to mention his name.

“If we have any identification cards, we can go to work safely and no need to us to give any kinds of support. Our family member will not face starvation and never come hunger.”

The News which published in the Daily Independent, Dhaka, Bangladesh under the caption, “180 Rohingya arrested in Cox’s Bazar,” dated 6th April 2013 and Narinjara Burmese website also publish same news to show the Rohingya refugee are involving Bangladesh politics through ARNO is totally false and we are only going to Cox’s Bazar for our survival, said an elder from Rohingya refugee camp.

We strongly reject the news which says “Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) activists gave money to thousand Rohingyas on refugee camp of Teknaf and Ukhiya to participate in Hefazate Islam Bangladesh (HIB) long march.” This is a baseless allegation devoid of truth and evidence. ARNO has nothing to do with the HIB long march in Bangladesh, according to a press release which released on April 7.

“We strongly condemn the Narinjara, a news group of exile Rakhine Buddhits based in Dhaka, for publishing the same concocted news without verification with a view to tarnishing the image of the ARNO and Rohingya diaspora in Bangladesh,” the ARNO statement also stated.

We are committed to pursue a peaceful political settlement of our problem and crisis. We are committed to remain a community within Arakan and having peaceful and beneficial relations with our neighbors. We extremely dislike interfering in the affairs of other countries, ARNO stated.

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