• Tuesday, Aug 09, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:54 pm

18 Rohingyas arrested after fleeing Bhashan Char

  • Published at 06:20 pm July 11th, 2021
Rohingya People
File Photo: This photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathered behind a barbed-wire fence at a temporary settlement setup in a ‘no man's land’ border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Maungdaw district in Myanmar's Rakhine state AFP

They were captured in the Bangabandhu Economic Zone area

Police on Sunday arrested 18 Rohingyas from Chittagong who had reportedly fled the Bhashan Char refugee facilities.

The arrestees include four men, six women and eight children. They were captured by locals, who then handed them over to police in Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong.

According to Mirsarai Bangabandhu Economic Zone Security In-charge and Industrial Police Sub-Inspector Mohammad Ariful Islam, of the arrestees, one woman is pregnant while several children are ill.

Also read- 10 more Rohingyas who fled from Bhashan Char arrested

Zorarganj Police Station Officer-in-charge (OC) Mohammad Nur Hossain Mamun confirmed that the locals had held the Rohingyas in the economic zone area before handing them over to the police.

During interrogation, the arrestees said that they had reached the economic zone area on a reserve trawler from Bhasan Char in an attempt to get to Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar.

On June 22, police arrested 14 Rohingyas from the same area. They had paid brokers Rs20,000 per person to reach Malaysia, but the brokers dropped them off near Zorarganj Marine Drive and fled.