Rohingya volunteer shot dead in camp

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Sep 01,2018 | Updated: 01:12, Sep 01,2018

 
 

People walk in a field in front of Bangladesh's Balukhali Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. — AFP file photo

A Rohingya volunteer was shot dead inside their makeshift camp at Leda of Tekknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar on Friday afternoon.
The 22-year-old victim, Abu Yaser, came under attack at F block in the camp at about 3:00pm, Rohingyas in the camp said.
They said that Abu Yaser was one of the 60 volunteers appointed by the authorities and came under attack when he was sitting in front of a tea stall of Abdul Karim in the Leda makeshift camp.
He was rushed to the local hospital where he was declared dead, they said.
A Rohingya leader said that Yaser and other volunteers prevented a number of miscreants to get into the camps at night and locked into a quarrel with a few of the miscreants a couple of days ago.
The attackers were identified by the Rohingya leaders as one Ridwan, and his elder brother Syed Alam, among others, of Ward-7 in the locality.
Tekhnaf police station officer-in-charge Ranajit Kumar Barua said that they also got the names of Ridwan and Syed Alam, among others, and there was a quarrel few days ago.
The motive for the murder was not clear yet, he said.
‘Ridwan and Sayed Alam are involved in different crimes including of Yaba smuggling, and Yaser’s vigilance as a volunteer sometime caused them trouble,’ Ranajit suspected.
He also said that they were on the spot and conducting operation to nab the suspects.
Camp leader Abdul Motaleb said that Yaser was one of the volunteers and used to work to prevent crimes.
He said that they were in fear of their security as many miscreants including locals roamed around the camps with lethal weapons.
‘I am the second target after Yaser,’ said Motaleb, adding, ‘We have informed law enforcement agencies about the miscreants and their whereabouts.’
Son of Abu Ahmed, Yaser used to live in the same F-block.
At least 22 people have been killed in the camps at Ukhiya and Tekhnaf since October 2017.

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