Sunday, October 20, 2019 | ePaper

NIDs are forged and also sold: Solve Rohingya crisis

  • Print
MEMBERS of a syndicate were using a house in Chattograms's Hamzarbagh to make forged national identity cards for Rohingyas. Officials of Chattogram Metropolitan Police's counterterrorism unit said they raided the house in Momenbag Residential Area early in the day and recovered an EC laptop and internet modems, among other devices.
Police and EC officials said the devices were being used to make dubious entries to the NID server. The police official claimed that the laptops and the pen drives had a list containing names of Rohingyas who the law enforcers believe contacted the syndicate members in the past. On September 17, Kotwali police recovered another official laptop of the EC after raiding Joynal's house in the Port City's Andarkillah area.
Earlier this month, police and passport officials said some Rohingya refugees were making Bangladeshi passports using forged NID cards with the help of some locals and Rohingya brokers. The Rohingya people were using fake names and addresses while applying for the identification documents.
Recently, a government probe body found that at least 73 suspicious applications were uploaded to the Election Commission database for issuing NID cards. The committee unearthed the information while probing the forged NID card of a Rohingya woman in Chattogram. Several EC staffers were found involved in syndicates providing forged NID cards to Rohingyas in exchange for money.
Nothing illustrates the plight of the Rohingyas better than the fact that they are using their meagre resources to go to any lengths to get fake identity documents. These are not obtained free. Like any other sector, the officials connected with NIDs are not beyond suspicion. There is a corruption business also.  
Staying in what is basically a huge no-man's land type of slum for the last two years without doing anything is beyond the ability of most human beings to bear.
Compounded to the fact that there is no certainty if, or when, they can ever go back to their homeland, and one sees why the Rohingyas are so desperate in doing anything or going to any length, to make themselves productive and economically solvent. We can hardly blame them for trying to go to even illegal and dubious lengths to extend their freedom.
The blame for all of this must ultimately fall on Myanmar. Ever reluctant to even acknowledge that the Rohingyas are their citizens, these desperate and illegal acts of an ethnic group betray the desperation that ordinary Rohingya must feel, after the time they have spent here. The hounding of the Rohingya in Myanmar is the main reason ultimately for all their illegal acts.

More News For this Category

Railway sector needs reform

THOUGH most of the trains running in the country's northwestern and southern regions face delay mainly due to inadequate capacity of railway tracks, Bangladesh Railway is adding new trains in

Arrest price hike of essential commodities

THE New Nation on Sunday reported that the soaring prices of essential commodities are causing huge sufferings to the low and middle-income groups of people. Of the commodities, price of

Women Emancipation

Anis Fatema :The equal and praiseworthy participation of both men and women and their wise coordination can provide the world with a balanced, safer and much better social and financial

Increase milk production to ensure sufficient protein

COUNTRY has become self-sufficient in meat and egg productions, but it lags behind in milk production compared with demand. According to the Department of Livestock Services, meat and egg production

Default loans pose risk, economic sector needs overhauling

THE International Monetary Fund on Friday said the rising defaults on loans poses the biggest risk for the Bangladesh economy that stands to grow at a remarkable pace. As of

Brexit Complex

Owen Jones :Less than a year ago, Boris Johnson told the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) that "no British government could or should" put a customs border in the Irish Sea;

Geographical Info Systems

Shishir Reza :According to the 2015 Climate Change Vulnerability Index, Bangladesh's economy is more at risk to climate change than any country. With a per capita gross domestic product, or

Train up unskilled manpower to tap the job market

LESS than half of the target for creating 39 lakh jobs has been achieved in the first two years 2016-17 of the government's Seventh Five-Year Plan (SFYP), though the

Monitoring must to prevent fatal gas cylinder blasts

THREE of a family died and three others were injured on their way home from hospital as the gas cylinder of an ambulance exploded in Chattogram's Anwara upazila on

Kashmiri Issue

Bharat Bhushan :The Kashmiris have Delhi confounded. They have refused to engage the security forces in street confrontations. Their children are not queuing up to take up arms and