The Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested five people, including a Pakistani passport holder, on the pretext of connection with suspected militants, in Chittagong city yesterday afternoon, according to the sources.
The reports add that the Detectives Branch of the police said they nabbed the people from the Hotel Lords Inn in the city around 1:00PM acting on an intelligent report. They are identified to be Mohammed Alam (known as Abu Salman), 45, Abdul Majid, 30, Muhammad Amin, 50, Salamatullah, 45, and Shafiullah, 40.
[row][double_paragraph]Mohammed Alam alias Abu Salman is the Pakistani passport holder and is the vice-president of the Netherlands based NGO ‘Global Rohingya Centre (GRC). The other four detainees are Bangladeshi nationals and of them, the man goes by the name, Shafiullah is a local of Naikhyanchcharhi Upazila region and ruling Awami League (AL) party member.
Muhammed Alam, Muhammad Amin and Abdul Majid currently reside in Saudi Arabia and other two live in Bangladesh.
All of them are alleged to have connections with the so-called militants of *RSO (Rohingya Solidarity Organization), an organization or a former Rohingya armed-group which has been disbanded long ago and practically non-existent today. Besides, the CMP accused the people of plotting to create anarchy and disturbance in the country.
[/double_paragraph][double_paragraph][blockquote style=”1″] We certainly know that they are not affiliated with the general Rohingyas in Arakan state and with the majority of the people in exile.
Anyone can register an organization under the term ‘Rohingya.’ It doesn’t make them Rohingya or the organization a Rohingya organization. They hardly represent Rohingya community, whether they are of Rohingya origin or of Bengali origin.[/blockquote][/double_paragraph] [/row]
Reacting to their arrests, a Rohingya in Arakan state of Myanmar, seeking anonymity, said “yes, I have heard about their arrests. It is very bad and sad thing. Because they got arrested under the name of having connections with a non-existent Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO).
The armed-wing of the organization has been disbanded long ago. But some of the former members keep the organization have kept alive JUST on paper and on internet with their vested self-interest. According to the reports, they raise funds in our name. But practically, there is no such thing that they have helped us. But I have heard only few Rohingyas have accepted their aids.
Anyway, to me, they are self-seeking people.”
When asked their arrests will have any impact on their situation in Arakan State, he added “yes, definitely. Unfortunately, we have come into negative light again. Myanmar’s government always looks for faults in us and anything related or alleged to be related to us.
So, Myanmar’s regime will use this report as propaganda tool against us and try to possibly torture and persecute us more.”
On the other hand, the Rohingya public tends to dissociate the Global Rohingya Centre (GRC) alleged to have been funding the so-called RSO as a Rohingya organization.
“The GRC is registered here under some Middle-Eastern, not under any Rohingya. They have just used the term ‘Rohingya.’ The activities are un-Rohingya.
When some of their members visited here, we few Rohingyas here tried to meet them and visit their office thinking they are an actual Rohingya organization. But they have refused to meet us and collaborate with us.
Only then, we have come to know about their activities. They work for their own desires. We don’t think they are a Rohingya organization” said a Netherland based Rohingya activist, asking not to be named, to Rohingya Vision TV.
Nur Mohd, a Rohingya now living in Malaysia who has earlier lived in Saudi Arabia, commented on their arrests “the GRC is headed by a Saudi born and educated person who goes by the name Sheikh Abdullah Maroof and lives in Saudi Arabia. He calls himself a Rohingya but doesn’t a clue of Rohingya culture and language. His mission is not to work for the Rohingya nation in Arakan. So, they collect funds from the donors using some Rohingyas for their own interests.
We don’t know with whom they are affiliated or from whom they receive the donations. But we certainly know that they are not affiliated with the general Rohingyas in Arakan state and with the majority of the people in exile.
Anyone can register an organization under the term ‘Rohingya.’ It doesn’t make them Rohingya or the organization a Rohingya organization. They hardly represent Rohingya community, whether they are of Rohingya origin or of Bengali origin.”
The organization “GRC” is founded and backed up by some people in middle-eastern countries and employs a few Rohingyas in the frontline of the organizational activities. It is a well-known fact that the organization doesn’t represent the Rohingya community.
Meanwhile, the arrestees affiliated with GRC are to be being interrogated in the police’s detention, according to CMP Additional Commissioner (Crime and Operation) Banaz Kumar Majumder.
All in all, they might be on their formal business and social trips or for any other similar purposes to the country. They may or may not be Rohingyas. They may be self-interested. But the allegation against them by the Bangladesh authority to have connections with RSO is 100% baseless. Because RSO simply doesn’t exist in the reality except in one’s imagination.
*RSO= Rohingya Solidarity Organization RSO is a former Rohingya armed group that has been disbanded long ago. Bangladesh government has officially announced that it is no longer existent today. Burma Experts on Minorities’ Armed Groups, Bertil Linter, has denied any such existence of RSO with arms.
Now, Rakhine extremists and Myanmar Government have started to spread propaganda that militants from RSO (Rohingya Solidarity Organization), are infiltrating into Myanmar so as to be able to scapegoat and kill even more innocent Rohingyas to achieve their respective political goals.
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