Three abducted Rohingyas rescued, 3 more missing
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Three abducted Rohingyas rescued, 3 more missing

Dhaka, Sep 3: Police rescued three injured Rohingya men from a hilly jungle near the Chakmarkul camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Monday morning, but three of their fellows are still missing.

The rescued are Mohammad Alam, 45, of Balukhali camp, and Abdul Khaleque, 23, and Mohammad Anwar, 33, of Kutupalong camp. Their throats were half-slit.

The trio and their missing fellows were asked to get on a battery-run three-wheeler from Ukhia upazila’s Balukhali camp as they were promised jobs as day-labourers, Teknaf Model police station officer-in-charge Ranajit Kumar Barua said.

They were first taken to Chakmarkul camp and then to a nearby jungle, Ranajit said, adding that the abductors probably half-slit their throats to instill fear and realise ransom. On information, his team conducted the drive and rescued the three, the OC said.

The rescued Rohingya men were primarily treated at a local hospital and then shifted to the Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital around 11:00am as their condition deteriorated. Police are conducting further drives in the hilly areas to rescue the missing Rohingya men.

Two among the three rescued can hardly speak, but another cannot speak at all as his vocal cord has completely been slit, the OC added. Last month, Rohingyas and local criminals abducted a driver of an auto-rickshaw and demanded Tk 500,000 as ransom. Later, police rescued the driver.

Cox’s Bazar additional police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal Hossain told UNI that the Rohingyas were committing various crimes. He thinks Rohingyas are involved in this incident as well.

As many as 19 Rohingyas were killed in the past one year, all being murdered by fellow Rohingyas, Iqbal said. UNI