Burma Times Correspondent: September 03, 2015
An 18 year woman kidnapped by miscreants in the remote Bangladesh island of Shahpuri Deep has been rescued by locals.
On Tuesday night, her father who was in Kutupalong camp received the news of her rescue. Along with relatives, they are currently on the way to Shahpuri Deep to bring back the woman.
On the pre dawn hours of Tuesday, the woman was kidnapped by miscreants as she along with her father and other Rohingyas crossed the border from Burma. A search party assembled failed to locate her at the moment.
But in another part of the island, in a neighbourhood known as Mistri para, an elderly Bengali man named Ali Johar coming out of a mosque after sunrise noticed a scuffle and a woman cry out in the distance. He alerted other locals and they all chased down the group.
The miscreants who were identified as local fishermen however fled leaving behind the woman.
As the woman is new in Bangladesh, it took quite a while for the locals to figure out where her relatives could be found. It was difficult for the rescuers to be too open about the information as Shahpuri Deep is infamous as a den for traffickers and criminals of all shades. But after hours of investigation, they confirmed a boatman named Monir Ahmed had brought the refugees to Bangladesh.
When Monir was found at around evening, he confirmed the incident and said he himself along with friends were also looking for the missing woman. Monir had the contact details of the father and other Rohingyas from Kutupalong camp who had just left the area after a fruitless day of search.
The woman was rescued before she was sexually assaulted, which seems to be the motive of the kidnappers.