Burma Times Correspondent: February 19, 2015
Local villagers on Wednesday apprehended two robbers who seized the valuables of a Rohingya wedding party and attempted to rape a woman.
A day earlier, a group of armed robbers fell on the wedding party as they crossed over from Burma in the remote Bangladesh island of Shahpuri Deep. On hearing a commotion, local villagers rushed to the spot and chased away the robbers. As they ran away, locals identified some of them.
The next day, at around 10am, two of the gang members were boarding a public jeep when a few locals identified them. They were apprehended and interrogated by locals.
The robbers have been identified as Sumon s/o Saiful (32) and Rakibul Islam s/o Raja Uddin (35).
In their testimony to the locals, they said that they were a group of 10. Two of them were Rohingyas, while the others mainly came from the Bangladesh region of Noahkhali. They had been plying the seas of Cox’s Bazar for the last five years and work as fishermen for the same company.
A portion of the loot that included gold, cash and clothes were recovered from their possession.
Locals say that the gang has often been intercepting poor refugees crossing over from Burma, robbing them from everything. They were handed over to the Border Guards Bangladesh who then transferred to police. Locals threatened non stop agitation if the police released the robbers in exchange for bribes.
Rohingyas crossing over from Burma especially through the regions of Gundhum and Shahpuri Deep have often been robbed of everything leaving them in a helpless situation.