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Rohingyas to be driven out from rented houses

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Kazi Zahidul Hasan :
The Cox's Bazar district administration will launch a mobile court to drive out the Rohingya refugees from the rented houses.
"The mobile court will be launched against the Rohingya refugees from Sunday to oust them from the rented houses," Khaled Mahmud, additional district magistrate of Cox's Bazar, told The New Nation yesterday.
He said the Rohingyas will be evicted from the rented homes. Later, they will be sent to designated Rohingya makeshift camps and spontaneous settlements at Balukhali.
About 50,000 Rohingya refugees have reportedly been taken shelters at  
rented homes in Cox's district (Cox's Bazar sadar, Ukhiya and Teknaf) taking the advantage of poor vigilance and monitoring by the law enforcement agencies.
Local said the well-off Rohingya families who fled to Bangladesh to escape the brutal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, are mainly living in the rented homes.
They have been able to rent homes somehow managing the influential people of the locality, the locals added.
"We will find out Rohingya refugees who have taken shelters at rented homes," Md Abul Khair, Office-in-Charge of Ukhiya Police Station, told The New Nation yesterday.
On the other hand, Mainuddin Khan, Officer-in-Charge of Teknaf Police Station, told The New Nation, "We have information that around 5000-7000 Rohingyas have rented homes in Teknaf. We are taking steps to send them to camps."
"We are worried about our future as Rohingyas are rapidly adjusting themselves with local environment, customs, manner and lifestyle taking the advantage of language and facial similarities," Arif Hossain, a social workers in Cox's Bazar district told The New Nation yesterday.
Cox's Bazar, a district in the deep south of Bangladesh close to the Myanmar border with a population of over 2 million people.
Since August 25, about 800,000 Rohingya Muslims, most of them women and children, have fled to Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
"The unprecedented exodus of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into the district put an extensive pressure on local communities, infrastructure and resources. We're already afflicted by overpopulation and poverty. The influx of Rohingyas has further intensified the problems," Arif added.  
He warns the situation will take a serious turn if the refugees stay for a longer time in absence of a quick solution over the crisis.
"We don't have enough land here to settle all these people. It will be a disaster if they have to stay for a long time," he added.

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