Dhaka – At least 10 persons have been injured after rival groups clashed in refugee camps in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar, police said on Tuesday.
The groups clashed over establishing supremacy over each other on Monday night and attacked the rivals with sharp weapons at a camp in Teknaf, officer Ranjit Kumar Barua said adding that six of the injured were rushed to Cox’s Bazar Sadar hospital.
Police launched an investigation into the attacks to determine as to who carried out the attack and what the motive behind it was.
Bangladesh has been hosting nearly 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Of them nearly 700,000 crossed the border after the Myanmar military launched brutal crackdown on August 25, 2017.
Bangladesh and Myanmar have signed an agreement in November for repatriation of the refugees. But the process stalled mainly because of Myanmar’s apparent reluctance to take them back to their homes.
In another incident, a Rohingya man was stabbed to death in Balukhali camp on the same night.
Police recovered the body of Mohammad Arifullah, 36, a leader of one of the several hundred blocks in the crowded refugee settlements, officer Abul Khayer said.
Enmity within the Rohingya community might have caused the murder, added the officer.
Arifullah used to describe the miseries of the refugees to the foreign dignitaries who visited the camps for first-hand information on Rohingya exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh, said local government official Mohammad Nikaruzzaman.
At least 15 other Rohingya men were murdered in the camps because of rivalry and personal enmity among the refugees, according to police counts until the end of May.