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12:00 AM, January 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, January 04, 2019

31 Rohingyas arrested

They entered Bangladesh from Agartala in India

Police in a drive yesterday detained 31 Rohingyas, including women and children, from Eidgah Intersection of Cumilla city yesterday.

Of them, Shah Alam, 30, son of Aman Hossain, Shafi Alam, 24, son of Ala Mia, Habibulla, 40, son of Yakub Nabi, Minara Begum, 25, wife of Shah Alam, Yakubnabi, 63, Abu Syed, 58, hail from Bolibazar in Mongdu district of neighbouring Myanmar.

Shah Alam said they went to Jammu in India from Myanmar about three years ago.

They entered Bangladesh following the Indian government's decision to push them back to Myanmar.

"We first travelled to Delhi from Jammu and then to Agartala in Tripura by train. Instead of going to my home country Myanmar, I entered Bangladesh as some of my relatives live in Cox's Bazar," Shah Alam said.

Yakub Nabi and Abul Hossain, two elderly members of the group, said they are not interested to go back to Myanmar as there is no peace and security.

A police team, acting on a tip-off, raided Eidgah Intersection area and detained the Rohingyas, said Abu Faisal Mia, officer in charge of Kotwali Police Station in Cumilla.

After completion of necessary procedures, the arrestees will be sent to the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar, he added.

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