Rohingyas buying SIM cards!

The government has asked the mobile phone operators and authorities concerned to make sure that Rohingya refugees cannot purchase SIM cards.


Our correspondent who is covering the refugee crisis reported that many Rohingyas are using local SIM cards.


“We have already asked the cell phone operators to verify the national ID cards properly while selling SIM cards in Cox’s Bazaar,” State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has said.


The Posts and Telecommunications Division has been made aware that many Rohingya are getting their hands on SIM cards in Cox’s Bazar, especially at Kutupalong where thousands of refugees took shelter.


Rohingyas are purchasing SIM cards on fake national ID cards, our correspondent has found.


Taking over the issues, Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Ali told they will look into the matter seriously.


Kazi Md. Golam Quddus, managing director of state-owned Teletalk, said they have already instructed their customer care centre to sell SIM cards after proper verification of the national ID cards.


The law enforcers are also concerned about the issue as unauthorised use of local SIM cards by the Rohingya refugees will increase the risks of criminal activities.


Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in collaborating with the local administration might examine the documents submitted by the customers for buying new SIM cards in Cox’s Bazar.


The government has already restricted movement of Rohingya from the refugee camps.

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