Several thousand Rohingyas enter Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban: Locals
Reported by: UNBconnect
Reported on: Jun 12, 2012 09:06 pm
Reported in: National
Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) - Several thousand Rohingya people have entered Bangladesh through Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar borders from Myanmar’s violence-torn Rakhine state in the last few days to escape Buddhist-Muslim riot that broke out on Friday, locals said.
Local public representatives and villagers at Teknaf and Naikkhangchhari of Bandarban said Rohingyas have been entering Bangladesh through mountainous paths and river routes since the riot flared up between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhist Rakhines, reports UNB correspondent in Cox’s Bazar.
Teknaf thana officer-in-charge Mahbubul Alam said security has been beefed up at Rakhaine Palli in Teknaf to fend off possible violence instigated by communal fighting in neighbouring Myanmar.
Rakhine Palli is a home to some 3000 Rakhines who are now suffering from a sense of insecurity. Residents at Rakhine neighborhoods are living in apprehension of possible attacks by the dominant Rohingyas in the area.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Tuesday said Bangladesh would not allow Rohingya refugees to enter Bangladesh.
She said this at a press briefing at the ministry hours after a media report came that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Dhaka to let the Myanmar refugees in.
The Foreign Minister claimed that there had been no word from the UNHCR on the issue.
A press statement issued by the foreign ministry on Tuesday said, “Bangladesh and Myanmar are maintaining close consultations to ensure that developments in the Rakhine state do not have any trans-boundary spillover.”
State Minister for Home Shamsul Haq Tuku has said the problem over the fresh entry of Myanmar refugees into Bangladesh will be solved diplomatically.
“It’s an unexpected situation but it’ll be resolved in a diplomatic way,” Tuku told reporters while emerging from a meeting at Home Ministry on Tuesday.
Tuku said members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Coast Guard have been kept on high alert along the border and vigilance has been increased there.
At least seven people were killed and many wounded in Rakhine state since Friday as violence flared up after the murder of a Buddhist woman last month, followed by an attack on a bus carrying Muslims, but one report puts the number of dead at 25.
President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency there late on Sunday night.
It began in the town of Maungdaw, spreading to state capital Sittwe and neighbouring villages.