Police released 11 foreign aid workers from Doctors without Borders and Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency after about eight hours of their detention at Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar on Friday.
Ukhia police station sub-inspector Khwaza Mainuddin said the activists were released after giving undertaking at about 9:00pm.
The Rapid Action Battalion officials said that they set up a checkpoint on Cox’s Bazar-Tekhnaf road in the morning and checked documents of the foreign nationals on their way to a Rohingya camp in Ukhia.
In three hours and a half, the battalion officials detained 11 international aid workers roaming without proper travel documents, especially their type of visa.
‘We detained and handed them over to the local police station as they failed to show proper documents and original passports,’ said Major Ruhul Amin, the company commander of battalion in Cox’s Bazar.
They were taken to the Ukhia police station by 1:00pm.
Ten of the 11 were from Médecins Sans Frontières, better known as Doctors Without Borders.
‘This morning, 10 of our employees were requested to go to Uhkia police station for requests related to paperwork; all team members have since left the police office. MSF, which has worked in Bangladesh for the past 25 years, is a fully registered organisation in Bangladesh and remains committed to complying with all appropriate regulations in order to carry on providing medical humanitarian services in the country,’ said Pavlo Pavlo Kolovos, head of Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières in Bangladesh, in a late night statement.
Of them, two each are British and Italian nationals while one each is from Norway, Brazil, Netherlands, South Korea, Kenya and Belgium.
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