Three Rohingyas got passports showing false address in Noakhali

Noakhali Correspondent
Published : 06:00, Sep 10, 2019 | Updated : 06:00, Sep 10, 2019

On Thursday, Sept 5 night, three Rohingyas were detained in Chattogram as they tried to go to the Turkish Embassy in Dhaka.Three Rohingyas arrested from Akbar Shah area in Chattogram showed false addresses in Noakhali and had their passports made. They were then detained on Sept 5 while on their way to collect Turkish visa.
Without verifying the data given in the passport forms, investigating officers also gave reports based in false information. Two officials, assistant sub inspectors, Abul Kalam Azad and Nurul Huda, gave false reports without carrying out proper investigation.
The three Rohingya men are from Ukhia camp in Cox’s Bazaar and the information provided by them plus the addresses were false.
In February this year, 54 Rohingyas were arrested while trying to leave the country and it was later found that several of the arrested had paid bribes to get passport clearance.
Passport office sources say that in the last five months, at least 80 Rohingyas were arrested while they tried to have passports made.To prevent passport fraud, the government has recently collected 1 million finger prints and supplied them to the passport office. Now, if a Rohingya tries to get a passport, s/he will be caught.
Deputy director of the passport department of Noakhali, Nurul Huda, says: “Our office has no link to the passport of three Rohigyas caught recently while trying to leave the country; we are investigating, and if any evidence of collusion is found then measures will be taken.”
Meanwhile, assistant sub-inspector, Nurul Huda, said: “I was given the information by district SB inspector Mohammad Asaduzzaman. He must have provided the data after being certain of its veracity.”
Another ASI, Abul Kalam Azad, observes: “We give many investigative reports and cannot say anything for certain unless looking at the files.”