Rohingya drug peddlers are gradually spreading their net in Bangladesh. Rohingya smugglers have been fighting with the police in this country for quite some time. The death toll has been as heavy on the right side of the law as it has been on the wrong side. Last night, one smuggler was shot dead.
The incident took place at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. About 1,20,000 Ya Ba tablets, a gun and two fresh cartridges were recovered from the scene.
Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) encountered Rohingya drug smugglers in the Teknaf subdivision Thursday night. Police killed the infamous Rohingya smuggler Kabir (28). However, no one else could be arrested. Two of the security guards were injured.
Kabir and his gang were trying to smuggle illegal Ya Ba tablets along the river.
Anti-narcotics operation has been going on in Bangladesh since 2018. The clashes have claimed the lives of 186 people in the recent past. Of them, 49 were Rohingya smugglers, including two women; the rest are cops and civilians caught in the crossfire.
Refugees have been displacing the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. They have also been blamed for importing the drug Ya Ba, reports Dhaka Tribune.
The authorities shut down mobile services in the area. The Bangladesh government is surrounding Rohingya refugee camps with barbed wire fences.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that work would begin soon to surround the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. He said the move was aimed at preventing the Rohingya refugees from mingling with the native population. The quarantine has met with considerable success in checking the menace of Rohingya-supplied drugs.
It’s not that the camps for Rakhine Bengalis from Myanmar are having a gala time, though. Due to poor sanitation, low water quality, close living quarters, and high levels of drug trafficking and sexual violence, infectious disease outbreaks in Rohingya refugee camps are of concern to public health officials.
Drug trafficking and sexual violence are high among the Rohingya refugees residing in the Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh and there are 83 known cases of HIV among refugees, with many more unknown cases likely, The Lancet reported last year.