84 Rohingyas rescued in drives; 5 traffickers arrested

Cox’s Bazar, May 18 (UNB)- Law-enforcers rescued 84 Rohingyas from Pekua of Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf upazila on Saturday while they were waiting to board boats heading to Malaysia.

The rescued Rohingya comprise 31 men, 38 women and 15 children.

Five human traffickers were arrested and handed over to police after filing case with Teknaf Police Station, said Lt Commander BNM Hamidul Islam, Coast Guard’s assistant director.

He said 17 Rohingya men and women were rescued from an area adjacent to Saint Martin’s island early Saturday. Ten of this group are men and the rest women.  
Md Jakir Hossain Bhuiyan, acting officer-in-charge of Pekua police station, said on secret information, police led a drive in Ujantia Jetighat area and rescued 67 Rohingyas Friday midnight.

Among them 21 are men, 31 women and 15 children. Sensing law enforcers’ presence, the traffickers managed to flee, OC added.

The OC said also, rescued Rohingyas were sent to Kutupalong and other camps after interrogation and identifying their addresses.