Bangladesh bans mobile phone in Rohingya refugee camps

Bangladesh bans mobile phone in Rohingya refugee camps

Agency News

Dhaka, Sep 2 : The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulator Commission has directed the mobile phone operators to ensure in seven days that the Rohingya refugees do not get access to mobile phones.

The telecom regulator wrote to the operators on Sunday regarding the issue, BTRC Senior Assistant Director Md Zakir Hossain Khan told this correspondent. ''You are instructed to ensure that the Rohingya people do not get access to the mobiles for the sake of state security and importance, law and order and public safety,'' said the directive.

The Commission has received information through the Rohingya camp visiting committees and various newspapers, media outlets, law enforcement and intelligence agencies that Rohingya community is using SIMs/RIMs on a large-scale, the BTRC said.
''Under these circumstances, you are requested not to sale any SIM, stop the use of the SIM by the Rohingya community, and ensure that the Rohingya community is not provided with mobile facilities and inform the BTRC within the next seven working days about the measures,'' it added.

The directive was issued, after taking instruction from Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar, said Mr Khan. (UNI)