The Rohingya camps in Ukhia and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar have been shut down by Bangladeshi mobile operators but the Rohingyas are not sitting. Inside the camp, a large part of the Rohingya camp is receiving 3G and 4G services through Myanmar’s MPT network. As a result, drug smuggling and crime are increasing and Rohingyas are carrying out various illegal activities.
On Sunday (June 14th) afternoon, a police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Ukhia Circle) Nihad Adnan Taiyan raided and confiscated 40 Myanmar MPT SIM cards from the Rohingya camp. Earlier, the police had recovered MTP SIM cards at different times. Police have confirmed that the MPT (Myanmar Post and Telecommunication) SIM cards were smuggled from Myanmar.
According to a source close to the Rohingya camp, thousands of Myanmar MPT SIM cards are being used in the Rohingya camps in Ukhia and Teknaf. Most Rohingya are using MPT SIMs for drug smuggling and crime. As a result, law enforcement cannot easily tackle those mobile numbers.