84 Rohingyas rescued, 5 traffickers detained

Teknaf & Chakaria (Cox’s Bazar) Correspondents | Update:

Location of Saint Martin`s Island. Photo: Screen grab of Google MapA total of 84 Rohingyas including 36 women and 15 children were rescued and five human traffickers detained from Saint Martin’s island and Karimdad Miar Ghat in Pekua upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Friday night and early Saturday, law enforcement officials said.

Teknaf station commander of Bangladesh Coast Guard, Faizul Islam Mandal, said they rescued 17 Rohingyas, including seven women, who are dwellers of Naya Para, Leda and Jadimora camps in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.

Faizul Islam Mandal said that they were tipped off that several Rohingya men and women had been brought to Saint Martin’s island to be trafficked on to Malaysia.

“We conducted the drive around 11:45pm and rescued the Rohingyas and detained five traffickers,” Faizul Islam said.

The rescued Rohingya people and five traffickers were handed over to Teknaf police station on Saturday morning.

The traffickers are from Kutubdia, Maheshkhali, Ramu and Ukhiya upazilas of the district.

Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar Das told Prothom Alo, “We’re working to send the Rohingyas to their respective camps.”

We’re processing lawsuits against the five traffickers, he added.

Meanwhile, police rescued 67 Rohingyas, including 29 women and 15 children, from Karimdad Miar Ghat in Pekua upazila of Cox’s Bazar around 1:00am on Saturday.

All of the 67 Rohingyas are from various camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas.

Pekua police station officer-in-charge Zakir Hossain Bhuiyan said acting on tip off they detained the 67 Rohingyas while they were preparing to go to Malaysia.

Police are inquiring about the people involved in human trafficking and the routes they use, he added.

The OC also said most of the Rohingyas fled the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar.

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