Two Rohingyas found in repatriated Bangladeshi boatpeople

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh:  On June 9, two Rohingyas have been found among 150 people, identified as ‘Bangladesh nationals’ who were brought back from Burma after being investigated, according to Detective Branch (DB) of Cox’s Bazar.
They are being detained in the police custody, but people don’t know what kind of action will be taken against the said two Rohingya refugees, according to sources.

Some of the Rohingya boatpeople unwilling to say Rohingya or from Rakhine state because of fear of torture while scrutinizing the Bangladeshi and Burmese, said Ahmed, a local elder quoting a Rohingya migrant.

The two Rohingyas are identified as— Hamid Hussain (26), a Rohingya refugee from Kutupalong registered camp in Ukhiya, Shed #15, Block- F and Mohammad Idris (19), an unregistered Rohingya from Kututpalong makeshift camp, according to Detective Branch (DB) official said.

When asked a Bangladeshi migrant, he said, “The Burmese authorities severally torture us and they don’t provide us food and medicines on time.”

He also said, “I am very afraid of those boatpeople who have been kept in Taungbro temporally camp because of lacking of enough care.” But, the Rohingyas are forced to say “Bengali” by Burmese authorities while taking list.

The stranded Bangladeshi nationals will be brought to Bangladesh within the next one month who had been rescued from the sea in recent days, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said.

However, we, the Bangladeshi migrants urge the government of Bangladesh and IOM to bring the remaining boatpeople in Burma as early as possible, said another migrant preferring not to be named.

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