Burma Times Correspondent: February 11, 2015
Dacoits robbed valuables and cash from Rohingya refugees at the Leda unregistered camp in Bangladesh on Tuesday.
At around 1.30 am, a gang of fifteen masked dacoits armed with firearms entered Leda camp and divided into a few groups.
One group went to E block, room no 328 robbing 38,000taka (approx. 500,000 kyats) from the house of Noor Mohammed.
Another group went to D block, room no 345 at th house of Hamid Hossain. Hamid was preparing for the marriage of his daughter Jasmin Akhter and there was a substantial amount of gold in the house along with 100,000 taka (approx.1,321,940 kyats). The robbers took it all.
As the robbery was taking place, one of the masks of the robbers fell and Jasmine identified the man to be Kabir Hossain, s/o Habib Ullah from neighbouring Dokhin (South) Alikali.
The other group went to the house of Md Siraj at Block E House 49. They found 10,000 taka (approx.132, 000 kyats).
By this time, camp residents became alerted to the presence of the robbers. They gathered in large numbers causing the robbers to flee.
The residents chased the robbers to a huge distance during which time shots were fired. The robbers also dropped two guns during the escape which were later turned to policemen.
Camp chairman Hafez Ayub requested the police to give them greater security on humanitarian grounds. “Such an initiative would result in the security of our women and children,” he told the policemen. He also said that Leda residents were living in insecurity and everyday there was some crime or another in the neighbourhood.