Cox’s Bazar: A Rohingya family was chased multiple times within India and now finally forced out to the camps of Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh by Indian authorities, according to an interview on 25th October 2018.
A Rohingya Family Chased out to Bangladesh Refugee Camp From India
Later due to immense torture they were forced to leave to the makeshift camps of Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh in fear of deportation to Burma from India.
The victim was identified to be Abul Hussain, 60, who reached to a makeshift camp of Bangladesh recently and now sheltering at camp no. 26 of Musoni old registered camp.
The family was forced out of Arakan after the state-sponsored violence in 2012 and were sheltering at an apartheid camp of Jammu.
Brutal harassment from Indian Police and CID in Jammu once again forced them to shift to Mewat later.
Trying hard to settle in Mewat, Indian authorities accused of being illegal there as well and they had to move to Kolkata.
“We were accused of being illegal and they (Indian authorities) threatened us of deportation. So, we traveled to Bangladesh as its Muslim country, in hope of finding a safe place,” answers Abul when asked about the reason of leaving India.
After reaching Kolkata, they still could not find a peaceful environment to stay. There, they were harassed and abused by Indian official and were threatened of deportation to Burma.
In fear of a voluntary return to Burma, they bribed the border authorities with 30, 000 takas and traveled to the makeshift camps of Cox’s Bazaar.
“We were scared that we will also be deported like the recent deportees in India from jail. We cannot go back there (Arakan) as it’s a land were massive brutal operation is still continuing on Rohingya,” Abul further explains in the interview.
Now, they are in immediate need of shelter and they urged to International NGOs and UNHCR to help them with their immediate needs.
Besides humanitarian needs, they are in debt of 30, 000 taka which they took as a loan from their relatives and friends to cross over to Bangladesh.
Recently India deported seven Rohingya to Burma and after reaching their hometown, in Mrauk U they were forced to accept the illegal National Verification Card (NVC) and made them once again stateless in their own soil.