Bangladesh: Huge Fire Destroys Homes In Rohingya Refugee Camp Leaving 15 Dead

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

23rd Mar, 2021. 10:36 pm
Bangladesh Fire leaves 15 dead

A huge fire broke out in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camp on Monday leaving at least fifteen dead and more than 400 people missing, the United Nations (UN) said.

According to the report by the UN, the huge blaze has destroyed many refugee camps, which spread so rapidly through at least four blocks.

The UN Refugee Agency´s representative in Bangladesh told, “What we have seen in this fire is something we have never seen before in these camps. It is massive. It is devastating.”

However, the cause of the fire is still unknown but fatalities were feared.

The centred refugee camp of the blaze nearly shelters one million people from the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

On the other hand, the UN´s International Organization for Migration said it has vowed $1 million to relief efforts but a further $20 million would be required to fulfill all the basic needs.

Earlier, following the military coup in Myanmar, police had charged ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi with illegally importing communications equipment.

Police had presented details of the charges against 75-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi to the court, saying a search of her home in the capital turned up six walkie-talkies.

They told the court that the radios were illegally imported and used without permission.

The documents “requested Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention” for further questioning of witnesses and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Moreover, a Bangladeshi court had sentenced five members of a militant group to death for killing an American blogger who criticized religious extremism six years ago.

Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American, had been killed in February 2015 while returning from a book fair in Dhaka with his wife.

Following the verdict of the Special Anti-Terrorism Tribunal in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, public prosecutor Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that the crime against him was proved beyond doubt and the court handed down the maximum sentence.

The lawyer had said that another accused involved in the attack has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the court.

He said the six convicts were part of the Ansarullah Bangla Team, a local al-Qaeda-linked organization, and police had said they were involved in the killings of several civilians and bloggers.

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