msa May 3, 2017

By RVision TV Correspondent | May 3, 2017

Cox’s Bazaar — The Bangladesh police assaulted Rohingya refugees mostly women in ‘Naya Para’ Camps in Cox’s Bazaar district last night (May 2), leaving them with severe injuries.

Seven refugee women including a woman molested have been admitted to ‘IPD (Indoor Patient Department)’, a healthcare center for the refugees in ‘Naya Para’ Camps.

“I was taken to a dark place. They (the male police) severely beat me up, tore off my clothes and molested me. So, I lost my consciousness. I don’t know what they did to me after that”, said Ms. Sayeda Khatun (40), spouse of Mr. Shah Alam, both refugees in the camps.

The police also vandalized and looted refugee huts and shops in the camps.

“A few police personnel led by an inspector conducted raids on the refugee camps at ‘Block C’ at around 9:30 PM on pretext of searching for a refugee man named ‘Shah Alam.’ He was not present in his hut. The Refugee Committee told the police that they didn’t need to come again and would hand him over to the police once he returned. And so the Police left.

“However, at around 10:30 PM, the police raided again with additional forces including women police members. They began to beat up many women and men for no reason. Shah Alam’s wife was taken to a dark place and molested by the male police, too. Many women and men were injured. Seven women including Shah Alam’s wife have been admitted to IPD”, said a refugee in the camps of ‘Naya Para.’

Some of the victims admitted to IPD are:

  • Sayed Khatun (40)
  • Dildar Begum (20) (who is still in recovering stage after the delivery of her baby)
  • Hamidah (17)
  • Humairah (30)
  • Shamshidah (30)

The officials from the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Bangladesh visited the victims in the refugee camps this morning. 

The In-Charge of the Naya Para Camps assigned by the Bangladesh government was on a holiday and the Police conducted raids without his knowledge and permission. The reason for the raids is unknown. 

Local authorities and miscreants in the district of Cox’s Bazaar often assault Rohingya refugees and subject them to different forms of atrocities with impunity.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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