Burma Times Desk Report: February 04, 2015
As Bangladesh Border Guard Bangladesh arrested 8 locals with approximately 50,000 yaba tablets in the Naaf river, they have blamed a powerful ‘Rohingya syndicate’ for drugs smuggling. The smugglers are from the Bangladeshi island of Moheshkhali and have been identified as Bengalis.
Meanwhile in Dhumdhum near the border city of Teknaf, a woman Nasima Khan was arrested on Monday morning in possession of 1590 yaba tablets.
For many years, Rohingyas in Bangladesh are stereotyped by authorities and the media as drug smugglers, a tag that has stuck to this unfortunate community labelled as one of the most persecuted in the world. As a result, the populace of Bangladesh is hostile rather than sympathetic to the plight of this community.
There is no doubt that a few Rohingyas are involved with the smuggling of this deadly narcotic product as they are with other illegal activities. However, it is unfair that because of some Rohingyas, the whole community receives this bad name. Many Bengalis and other Burmese nationals are also involved in this trade but the name of their community is not synonymous with drug smuggling.
Educated Rohingyas have a difficult job to break this rather undeserved reputation.