20 Rohingya detained in Chattogram after fleeing Bhasan Char
July 17, 2021, 5:47 p.m.
July 18, 2021, 12:53 p.m.
Twenty Rohingya refugees were captured by members of the Ansar force in Chattogram after fleeing the settlement on Bhasan Char Island in Noakhali.
They were then handed over to police on Saturday, six days after another group of refugees was arrested as they fled the island.
Among the detainees, five are women, four men and 11 children, Zorarganj police inspector Helal Uddin Farooqui said, bdnews24.com reports.
They were detained in the industrial zone under construction of Bangabandhu (Mirsarai economic zone) in Zorarganj of Mirsarai.
“The refugees fled Bhasan Char on a trawler. They were trying to get to Teknaf from the Mirsarai industrial zone,” he said.
On July 11, a group of 18 Rohingya men, women and children also escaped the island before being arrested by authorities. Earlier on July 3, residents apprehended seven Rohingya from southern Urirchar of Sandwip Upazila and took them into custody.
Zorarganj Police Commander Nur Hossain Mamun said: “The Rohingya group was marching along the seashore on the western side of the industrial area. Seeing their suspicious movements, Ansar members on duty there arrested and questioned them. “
They later admitted to being Rohingya refugees and were therefore detained by Ansar staff.
The police then sent the Myanmar nationals to court after initiating proceedings against them under the Aliens Act.
The government, at a cost of over Tk 23 billion, has put in place the infrastructure of 120 clustered villages on 13,000 acres of the island to accommodate over 100,000 people.
Resettlement of members of Myanmar’s ethnic minority from the overcrowded refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar began in December of last year.