Burma Times Correspondent: December 4, 2015
Tensions are currently prevailing in the Kutupalong refugee camp of Bangladesh after an innocent Rohingya man was pushed to death by local miscreants.
On Monday at around 9pm, Abdul Halim was walking near the main road when two robbers, a Bengali man named Bottu and a Rohingya refugee named Abdul Rahim intercepted him and ordered to hand over all his belongings. When Halim resisted, the robbers pushed him on to the road where he was ran over by an autorickshaw.
Locals rushed him to the hospital at Cox’s Bazar where authorities said he needed to be transferred to Chittagong for better treatment. But the doctors at Chittagong pronounced him dead.
As his dead body was brought to Kutupalong camp, some Bengali villagers close to the robber Bottu intercepted the Rohingyas and attempted to seize the dead body fearing a police autopsy would land the Bengali miscreant in trouble. Relatives of the deceased man however kept firm and brought the corpse back to the refugee camp.
Since Wednesday, there has been continuous threats against the Kutupalong refugees of they pursued the murder of Halim, say local sources.
There is tension between refugees and local villagers at Kutupalong. The area lies in the midst of a crime prone zone infamous for drug smuggling and human trafficking. In some villages, entire local communities in the area are alleged to be involved in crime, creating a social breakdown. Many Rohingya refugees have also gotten involved in this crime spree.