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CMP: Do not rent houses to Rohingyas

  • Published at 09:14 pm January 11th, 2021
Balukhali Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar
File photo of Balukhali Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar REUTERS

CMP is taking legal action against recently arrested Rohingya members of criminal gangs and house owners who sheltered them

The Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) have urged residents of the port city not to rent houses to Rohingyas, as it is a violation of the law.

The CMP authorities also requested that residents inform nearby police stations if any Rohingyas attempted to rent houses.

“It has been observed that Rohingyas are trying to commit crimes in different parts of the city after renting houses. Sometimes, Rohingyas flee from the camps in Cox’s Bazar and become involved in criminal activities in the metropolitan areas of Chittagong, the CMP said in a post on its verified Facebook page on Monday.

Recently, the CMP arrested and took legal action against some Rohingya members of criminal gangs. Legal action was also being taken against house owners who sheltered the Rohingyas.     

“House owners should keep in mind that renting houses to the Rohingyas is a violation of the country’s existing laws. Therefore, house owners should verify the identity of the tenants before renting the houses,” the CMP said.       

Over 750,000 Rohingyas fled a military crackdown in Myanmar beginning in August 2017, finding refuge across the border in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.

They joined some 300,000 Rohingyas who had already been living in Cox’s Bazar after fleeing violence in the Rakhine state over the past few decades. More than 1.1 million refugees are now living in 34 camps set up in Ukhiya and Teknaf.