02 September 2019 - 16:13
News ID: 446814
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Another Rohingya refugee has been shot dead while he was in police custody during an operation in southeastern Bangladesh.

RNA - According to police, the refugee was 36-year-old Nur Mohammad, who had allegedly been operating as a gang leader in the hills around refugee camps.

There has been an outbreak of violence at the refugee camps in recent days. A Bangladeshi Awami League official, Omar Faruk, was shot in the head in late August at Jadimura camp in the border town of Teknaf.

Law enforcement forces blamed Faruk’s death on Rohingya “hitmen,” and have shot dead three refugees over the past week in connection with the incident.

Police spokesman Ikbal Hossain said the fourth refugee was also linked to Faruk’s death.

“He was arrested over Faruk’s murder on Saturday. We took him to find out his weapons in a hill when his accomplices fired on police (on Sunday). We fired back and later found Mohammad’s bullet-riddled body,” he said.

It was unclear whether Mohammad had taken bullets fired by police or his alleged accomplices.

Rohingya refugees say the recent bloodshed has created an atmosphere of fear in the camps.

Reacting to the development, the European Commission said some refugees had fled Jadimura and were taking shelter at other sites following the violence. Humanitarian work by aid agencies has also been disrupted, affecting some 100,000 people.

Nearly one million Rohingya Muslims live in squalid camps in southeast Bangladesh, 740,000 of whom fled a 2016 military crackdown against the Muslim minority in Myanmar.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims were killed, injured, arbitrarily arrested, or raped by Myanmar’s soldiers and Buddhist mobs mainly between November 2016 and August 2017.

Myanmar to hold court martial to probe atrocities against Rohingya

Meanwhile, Myanmar’s army said court martial proceedings were underway following an investigation into atrocities in Rakhine State.

In a statement on Saturday, the office of Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing said a military court that visited the northwestern state found soldiers had shown “weakness in following instructions in some incidents” at Gu Dar Pyin, a village said to have been a massacre site of the Rohingya.

On Sunday, military spokesman Tun Tun Nyi said the investigation’s findings were confidential.

In 2018, the Associated Press news agency reported the existence of at least five graves of Rohingya in the village. The report said the soldiers and Buddhist mobs attacked villagers with guns, knives, rocket launchers, and grenades before dumping bodies into pits and dousing them with acid.

Survivors in Bangladesh put the death toll at hundreds.

UN investigators want Myanmarese generals prosecuted for genocide for overseeing the brutal crackdown.

The Rohingya have inhabited Rakhine for centuries, but the state denies them citizenship. Bangladesh refuses to grant them citizenship, too.

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