Bangladesh to carry out joint operations against terrorism and drugs in Rohingya camps



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August 28, 2022 7:28:10 PM


The government of Bangladesh has decided to carry out joint information-based operations in the Rohingya camps to control terrorist activities and the spread of drugs.

Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan gave the information on Sunday after attending the fifth meeting of the “National Committee on Coordination, Management and Law and Order Situation of Forcibly Displaced Rohingyas” at the secretariat, reports UNB.

“We see frequent terrorist activity inside the Rohingya camps. The bloodshed continues in the camps for no reason. Sometimes, even drugs from Myanmar end up in the camps. That is why we have decided to carry out joint operations based on information to stop the threats,” Asaduzzaman said.

“Currently, members of the Police, Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB), Rab, Ansar and Armed Police Battalion (APBn) are working in the camps. We have decided that from now on, the army will also join these forces and carry out joint actions to secure the Rohingya camps for its inhabitants,” he added.

He informed that the government sometimes fails to identify Rohingya criminals because they use Myanmar’s network systems.

“We are doing our best to get the Rohingyas to use Bangladeshi network systems. This will facilitate the identification of Rohingya criminals,” the minister said.

The interior minister also said the government is putting in place a system that will ensure constant surveillance of the Rohingya people.

“The construction of security walls around the camps is in its final phase. The construction of patrol roads will soon be completed. We will also build watchtowers at various locations inside the camps so that the Rohingya cannot escape us,” Kamal said.

Regarding the government’s initiative to control births in the camps, the minister said that the process of formulating an SOP is ongoing.

“The Ministry of Health and the Islamic Foundation are working together on this issue. Volunteers, imams from local mosques and NGO workers are also going door to door educating Rohingyas on the benefits of birth control,” Asaduzzaman said.

Regarding the control of the movement of drugs, the Minister said that the registration of fishing trawlers that sail on the Naf River is in progress.

Responding to a question, he said the government was discussing the issue of Rohingya repatriation with Myanmar.

“We are trying to repatriate the Rohingyas to Myanmar from day one. Our Minister of Foreign Affairs and I personally discussed the matter with the then leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. Each time, we go to the discussion table with the hope that the matter will soon be resolved. I hope we can find a solution to the problem in a very short time,” the minister said.

Responding to another question, he said the government had not yet received any proposals from countries interested in relocating Rohingyas.

“We are reviewing countries that have shown interest in relocating Rohingyas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on it. We will ask interested countries to take as many Rohingya as possible,” the minister said.

Currently, Bangladesh hosts more than 1.1 million Rohingya in camps located in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char Island.

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