586 Rohingyas held in 8 months

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:35, Sep 29,2020


The Bangladesh authorities have arrested at least 586 Rohingyas for their alleged involvement in various criminal offences in last eight months.

They were arrested mainly for drug dealing and gold smuggling, a study of Bangladesh Peace Observatory of the Dhaka University Centre for Genocide Studies said.

It said that from January and August 2020, at least 152 incidents related to the Rohingya took place mainly in Cox’s Bazar while 63 were killed and 93 were injured in the incidents.

BPO made the study report monitoring 18 national and local newspapers, BPO assistant research manager M Humaun Kabir told New Age.

Over 10 lakh displaced Rohingya people have taken shelter in Bangladesh camps fleeing their homeland Myanmar in the wake of persecution and military crackdown on them in Rakhine state.

The study also said that the sexual assaults increased by 53 per cent in August 2020, compared to July 2020.

‘The number of sexual assaults was 53 in July, but it rose to 81 in August,’ it said.

There has been a total of 609 incidents of sexual assault from January till August 2020, leading to 36 deaths and 563 arrests, the study said.

According to the study, at least 17 temples were attacked and 23 idols were destroyed in the last six months.

The highest eight incidents took place in Rajshahi, it said.

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