Burma Times Correspondent: February 08, 2015
Many Rohingya refugees evacuated from Bangladesh’s Jhaubon area on Wednesday are trying to set up temporary shelters at Kutupalong camp. However their attempts to build a home have been repulsed by the Kutupalong Camp-in-charge S M Sarwar.
Some refugees have however managed to strike a deal with influential local leader Bakhtiar Ahmed to build a house for 5000 – 6000 taka (66,000 kyats). However Bakhtiar is swindling them out of the money in many cases.
According to Ali Akbar, who was evacuated from Lamburi village, he paid 6,000 taka to Bakhtiar for erecting a house. When the house was being erected, CIC Sarwar came and told him to go away. Now Akbar has lost both his house and a substantial amount of money.
Interestingly CIC Sarwar and Bakhtiar have good relations between themselves.
Bakhtiar has long been known as a leading anti-Rohingya activist in the area.
Meanwhile CIC Sarwar has been accused of oppressing Kutupalong refugees.
According to Bangladesh media, almost 35,000 refugees have been evacuated by authorities.