Govt took instant action after Rohingya leader killing: Momen


Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today said the government has taken instant action for bringing the killers of Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah to justice.

“We’ve taken action instantly … We don’t want any such incident (killing) anywhere.” he told journalists at the Foreign Ministry here.

The foreign minister said the government has already arrested some suspects of the murder while the Home Ministry is working on it. Mohib, 44, was allegedly shot death at a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar by unknown gunmen on September 29.

Terming the Rohingya leader’s murder as regrettable, the foreign minister said Mohib Ullah was engaged in legitimate movement for Rohingya repatriation from Bangladesh to their land of origin in Myanmar.

Dr Momen suspected that some people might not like Mohib Ullah’s aspiration of returning to their homeland in Rakhine.

He said Bangladesh has been trying to expedite the repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar side by side ensuring their safety and security here.

Referring to some reports of human trafficking as well as illegal arms and drugs smuggling along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, the foreign minister said the Bangladesh government has already tightened measures regarding this.

“We will take all stern measures… we won’t sit idle” he added.

The foreign minister said the Rohingya issue came up prominently during the just concluded UN General Assembly despite the current global crisis in Afghanistan.

Since August 25 in 2017, Bangladesh has been hosting over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there after a military crackdown by Myanmar, which the UN called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and other rights groups dubbed as “genocide”.

In the last four years, not a single Rohingya went back home although Myanmar agreed to take them back.