A Bangladeshi non-government organisation, Small Kindness Bangladesh, currently working at Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, has come under the scanner of various authorities for its alleged connection with Pakistan-based Al-Khidmat Foundation.
NGO Affairs Bureau director general Abdus Salam told New Age that his office had already ordered suspension of the construction of a hospital for the Rohingyas by the NGO.
He also said apart from the recent investigation launched by the counter terrorism and transnational crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, his office has urged the Cox’s Bazar to carry out an investigation about their activities inside the camps.
Ukhia upazila nirbahi officer Nikar Uz Zaman in Cox’s Bazar said he already initiated an inquiry to report to the NGO Affairs Bureau.
According to Small Kindness Bangladesh, also known as SKB, it runs six medical camps in the Rohingya refugee camps. It also constructed 200 toilets, 60 bathrooms and 54 tube-wells in different areas of the Rohingya camps.
On November 7, the CTTC unit arrested eight of the lower tier employees in the capital’s Pallabi and said they in the guise of NGO workers had long been ‘spreading terror propaganda’ among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.
The CTTC branded the eight arrested employees as the members of banned extremist organisation Ansar Al Islam.
The eight employees — Saf Wanur Rahman, 34, Sultan Mahmud, 25, Nazrul Islam, 38, Abu Taher, 36, Ilias Mridha, 30, Ashraful Alam, 24, Hasnain, 30, and Md Kamrul, 28 — were now on police remand ordered since November 9.
The counter terrorism unit also seized Tk 14 lakh in cash, one laptop, eight CPUs, cheque books of eight banks and 10 cell phones from the office in connection with a case filed with the Pallabi police station.
The CTTC investigators said the SKB collected donations from Islamic organisations of Pakistan, Turkey, the Philippines, Canada, Saudi Arab, Indonesia and others.
The CTTC found that the Pakistan-based the Al-Khidmat Foundation donated money to the SKB.
According to United States leaked diplomatic cable titled ‘extremist recruitment on the rise in southern Punjab’, dated November 13, 2008, Al-Khidmat Foundation is linked to religious political party Jamaat-e-Islami.
CTTC believes that Al-Khidmat Foundation in Pakistan is connected with Al Qaeda and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Mohibul Islam, deputy commissioner of CTTC unit, who is leading the investigation, told New Age on Sunday that they were investigating entire issues of the NGO.
The NGO got its registration in 2016, and its chairman is believed to be hiding in the Philippines, said the CTTC officials.
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