Burma Times Correspondent: September 10, 2015
Security officials in Bangladesh are yet to find solid evidence that the arrested militants are preparing to train guerrillas from the Rohingya community. Rather sources are saying they are arms smugglers with no links to the mainstream community of Rohingya activists.
The two criminals – – Md Yunus from Ukil para in Maungdaw town and Md Rafique from Zammoinna in Maungdaw South were arrested on Saturday from the Cox’s Bazar area with pistols and explosive making materials. These materials will have little use against any well trained army, but can be used to wreak havoc in streets fights, a hallmark of the agitated Bangladesh political arena.
According to the elite police of Bangladesh known as Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the two arrested terrorists were based in Patiya of Chittagong.
Despite allegations by some quarters of the Bangladesh media, it seems unlikely that Rohingya militants have any large scale presence in any part of Bangladesh. Many Rohingyas, along with entire local Bangladeshis are active in the lucrative crime zones near the Burmese border. They are often bundled together under the heading ‘Islamic militants’.
In recent years, despite increasing ethnic persecution in Arakan state, Rohingyas have scarcely fought back, instead relying on non violent activism backed by international sympathy to protect their community. But a small section of the Rohingyas have been involved in arms dealing especially in the border region in cohorts with Bangladeshi criminal elements. Sections of the Bangladesh press has often described them as Islamic terrorists. As a result many in Bangladesh have a negative opinion of the people described ‘as the most persecuted in the world.’