Burma Times Correspondent: April 12, 2015
Local vigilantes robbed 17 Rohingyas as they tried to enter Bangladesh territory on Thursday.
There were 10 men, five women and two children in this group that was intercepted in Palonkhali at around 6.30 am.
During the robbery, the vigilantes also beat up two of the women who refused to give up their belongings that included gold ornaments. The two women were going to Kutupalong camp to be married off to refugees in Bangladesh.
The group was kept confined by their captors till 10 am when they were handed over to Bangladesh Border Guards.
Vigilante groups formed of local Bangladesh villagers came into action after Bangladesh Border Guards requested their help to stop the increasing inflow of Rohingyas. The Bangladesh paramilitary outfit says that it does not have enough personal to stop refugees by themselves.
However these groups have robbed refugees trying to enter Bangladesh.