Local miscreants accuse social worker of working for ‘militants’
Burma Times Desk Report: February 21, 2015
Aid supplies meant for Rohingya refugees have been seized by local miscreants in Bangladesh, according to our local correspondent.
Maulavi Aziz was distributing aid among elderly men and women who have been evicted by authorities in late January from Cox’s Bazar Jhaubon area and are leading a desperate life. Almost 35,000 refugees have been evicted in Bangladesh.
The aid consisted mainly of food products.
Aziz was on the process of distributing the aid when miscreants from Lomburi challenged him. They told him that even though he was a member of a secular political party, he had links with the ‘militant’ group Arakan Rohingya National Organisation.
Aziz is a member of the ruling Awami League.
They then took the whole truck stacked with relief supplies and unloaded it in their village.
Locals opposed to the presence of Burmese refugees allege that because of Aziz, more and more Rohingyas have the courage to come and settle in their areas.
Bangladesh is home to approximately half a million Burmese Muslim refugees who have fled decades of persecution in their country.
Unlike most Bangladesh politicians, Aziz has a good reputation among both Bengalis and Rohingyas for his philanthropic work.