More security in Rohingya camps recommended

Abdul Aziz, Cox's Bazar
Published : 02:00, May 28, 2019 | Updated : 16:37, May 28, 2019

Rohingya refugee children play at the Palongkhali refugee camp near Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh December 22, 2017. REUTERS/File PhotoAs days go by, the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya, Teknaf are becoming insecure. To ensure security, 16 recommendations were sent from the police to the relevant quarters.
Several sources say that during night, the situation at the camps undergo a massive change with several depraved Rohingyas engaged in open trade and taking of narcotics plus other unlawful acts. This is created due to absence of electricity and problems related to infrastructure.
A section of the Rohingyas is getting involved in crime which is triggering violence, murder and other breaches of law.
Home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan, has said: “Unless Myanmar repatriates the Rohingyas, they may become victims of international terrorism, which will threaten not only Bangladesh but the whole world.”
In the last 21 months, many Rohingyas have become involved in murder, smuggling, rape and human trafficking.
In the same period, 328 cases were lodged with 711 accused. Of these, there were 31 murders, 31 cases related to illegal weapons and 118 linked to drugs.
Reportedly the older Rohingyas have sophisticated weapons.
However, Cox’s Bazaar police super, A B M Masud Hossain, says: “We have ensured 24 hour police presence at the camps; joint forces are carrying out patrols and 24 hour police presence has been confirmed.”
Most of the crimes committed in the camps were related to extortion from illegally established markets and family feuds; also, the weapons recovered are locally made ones and not modern, he observed.
Recommendations have been made to improve communication, power, CCTVs and barbed wire, said the police officer, adding: “Once these are in place, the situation will become normal.”
The 16 point recommendations include: stoppage of holding indiscriminate illegal markets, forming of a valid guideline for bazaars, placement of light posts and CCTV cameras, stopping usage of illegal SIMs by Rohingyas, establishment of barbed wire and ensuring presence of rehabilitation official at the camps at night.