Three Rohingya Muslim refugees killed in clashes with police
Bangladesh finds itself suffering from some of the usual problems with refugee camps.
Kutupalong houses some 8,500 Rohingyas, who crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar’s western Arakan state in 1992 claiming they were being persecuted by the Yangon military regime.
The clash erupted after a group of Rohingya refugees attacked a police post at the camp, trying to free one of their community leaders who had been detained for sheltering illegal people.
Police fired rubber bullets to subdue hundreds of refugees who were throwing stones and brandishing sticks during the two-hour long clash, officials said.
Mannan denied that police killed the victims, saying they were shot by criminals, who exchanged fire with police during Thursday’s clash before fleeing the camp. He gave no more details. [Reuters]
The Rohingyas have a Lalu too — Lalu Mia, alias Lalu Chairman, who has several cases pending against him for agitating against repatriation, has been arrested by Bangladeshi authorities. Banglapedia has more on the Rohingyas.