The New Nation Bangladesh
The government yesterday has taken a number of steps to stop influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar into Bangladesh.
The National Committee on Prevention of Smuggling at a meeting with Home Minister Sahara Khatun in the chair has instructed the law enforcing agencies, including Coast Guards, to take measures so Rohingyas cannot trespass into Bangladesh.
Briefing reporters, the Home Minister said if any Rohingya could manage to sneak into the country and was caught, he must be immediately handed over to the BDR.
Measures will also be taken so Rohingyas cannot obtain Bangladeshi passport or national ID card, she said, adding that the meeting decided to take action against those who helped issuing documents to Rohingyas as Bangladesh nationals.
The Home Minister said that from now on no passport will be issued without police verification by regional passport office, especially for the people from the areas where Rohingya people are living. She said in case of any emergency like medical treatment the passport could be issued from Dhaka passport office.
On cross-border smuggling, Sahara Khatun said the meeting emphasized arresting the godfathers of smuggling to effectively deal with the clandestine trade, as in most cases only the carriers of smuggled goods were arrested.
The Home Minister said those providing information to help catch the kingpins of smuggling will be given incentives.
State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Huq Tuku, Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikdar and senior officials concerned were present in the meeting.