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Muslim Rohingyas, police clash in Ukhiya wounded over 100

 

 

Cox’s Bazar 19 :Over a hundred of Rohingya refugees and law-enforcers were injured in a violent clash at Kutupalong Muslim Rohingya camp in Ukhiya Thana southern district of Cox’sbazar in yesterday, said local sources.

 

Sources said the trouble explode at about the 9.30am when police and ansars(village security)  went to the camp to rescues a police officer, detained by some Muslim Rohingyas during his visit to the camp earlier in the morning.

 

Camp in charge Md.Nurul Alam Chowdhury along with police officer Md. Wahid visited the camp to inspect its latest condition after Eid vacation.

 

Police said that, the two noticed that over 100 Refugees were holding a meeting on a hilltop against their repatriation to Burma. They requested them to refrain from requested such meetings, which is illegal as per law of the land.

 

The irate refugees then held police officer Md. Wahid and beat him. The camp in charge somehow managed to escape. On information, police and ansars from nearby barracks rushed to the spot to rescues the police officer.

 

“As soon as police and ansars arrived at the place of occurrence, the Muslim Rohingyas opened fire on them. We also resorted to gunfire in self-defense,” police said/ they arrested nine Muslim Rohingyas refugees including their leader Ishaque Master.

 

When the news arrest of Muslim Rohingyas spread, a horde of frenzied refugees attacked the nearby police and ansars barracks.

 

On information, police reinforcements from Ukhiya Police Station joined in the fight at about 10.30am. At one stage, the detained cop managed to flee.

 

At least 85 refugees and 15 policer and ansars were injured in the clash that continued for two hours. The two sides traded around 300 rounds of bullets.

 

Police officer Wahid was admitted to Cox’sbazar Sadar Hospital. The injured police and ansars were treat at the hospital of Concern Bangladesh, an NGO, inside the refugee camp.

 

Talking to the news agency Cox’sbazar Deputy Commissioner M. Habibur Rahman said the present camp situation was “under control”.

 

Some 8000 Rohingya refugees are waiting for repatriation At the Kutupalong camp while 12,000 at Nayapara camp, according to the local newspaper.#

 

 

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