Third refugee shot dead in Bangladesh camp

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Bangladesh po­lice shot dead a third Ro­hingya refugee on last week after they were ac­cused of the mur­der of a rul­ing party of­fi­cial that has sparked anger among the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

Nearly a mil­lion Ro­hingya live in squalid camps in south-east Bangladesh, 740,000 of whom fled a 2017 mil­i­tary of­fen­sive against the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in Myan­mar.

Po­lice said Mo­ham­mad Hasan, a sus­pected Ro­hingya "da­coit" or gang mem­ber, was shot dead after he al­legedly opened fire at of­fi­cers dur­ing a raid to ar­rest him at Jadimura refugee camp. of "He is an ac­cused in the mur­der Omar Faruk," lo­cal po­lice chief Prodeep Ku­mar Das told AFP, re­fer­ring to a rul­ing Awami League party youth wing of­fi­cial who was shot in the head by sus­pected Ro­hingya crim­i­nals on Thurs­day.

Last week po­lice also said they had shot dead two Ro­hingya refugees at the same refugee camp in the Cox's Bazar district over their al­leged roles in the mur­der.

The in­ci­dent comes days after a sec­ond failed at­tempt to repa­tri­ate the refugees which saw not a sin­gle Ro­hingya turn up to re­turn across the bor­der to con­flict-scarred Rakhine state.

Faruk's mur­der had sparked anger among the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion, with hun­dreds of fu­ri­ous peo­ple block­ing a key high­way lead­ing to the camp for hours on Thurs­day, burn­ing tyres and van­dal­is­ing shops vis­ited by refugees.

Ro­hingya refugees have said the re­cent blood­shed has cre­ated an at­mos­phere of fear in the camp, where se­cu­rity has been tight­ened.

With the lat­est death, at least 33 Ro­hingya have been killed by Bangladesh­i po­lice and se­cu­rity forces since the ex­o­dus in Au­gust 2017, a po­lice in­spec­tor Ruhul Amin told AFP.

He said that most were sus­pected drug traf­fick­ers, ac­cused of smug­gling yaba, a pop­u­lar metham­phetamine pill from across the Myan­mar bor­der.

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