Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 4 March: A total of 1959 Rohingya refugees were relocated to a remote Bhashan island in Bangladesh on Thursday. The Bangladeshi navy relocated the group from camps in Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char, which is in the Bay of Bengal and 30 kilometers from the mainland.
Officials concerned said that five ships of Bangladesh Navy left Patenga Naval jetty carrying the Rohingyas in the morning.
Several dozens of buses with police guards carried the Rohingyas and their belongings to Chattogram from a temporary transit camp on the Ukhiya Degree College field in Cox’s Bazar earlier on Wednesday night.
Md Shamsud Douza, additional refugees, relief and repatriation commissioner in Cox’s Bazar, told Our Correspondent that a total of 1959 Rohingyas are being shifted to Bhashan Char on Thursday.
The authorities have so far transferred 12,476 Rohingyas to the Bhashan Char island since beginning the process in December.
A total of 8,60,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning on August 25, 2017.
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