Burma_Bangladesh:Buddha statues found in Rohingya camp

Thu, Nov 8th, 2012 5:05 pm BdST

Cox’s Bazar, Nov 8 (bdnews24.com)— Three statues of Buddha believed to have been looted a month ago during a communal riot at Ramu have been recovered from an official camp for Rohingya.

Rapid Action Battalion recovered the statues on Wednesday from a market at Kutupalong refugee camp, said Maj Sarwar-e Alam, a RAB officer at Cox’s Bazar’s RAB-7 camp.

They also arrested two Rohingya men, he said.

The statues were found in a shop of Baktar market at Kutupalong. The shop is owned by Jafar Alam Dipu, 35, who was among the arrested. Another man, 22-year-old Imam Hossain, was also arrested as his associate.

The RAB official said the recovered statues were looted on Sep 29 and 30 during a communal riot at Ramu and Ukhia over a Facebook post , which was thought to be derogatory to Islam. A Buddhist man has been blamed for the post, but he said he did not do that, rather he was tagged by someone he does not know.

Locals told journalists later that Rohingya refugees were involved in the attack.

Built of bronze, the statues are 12, 9 and 5.8 cm in heights, weighing 475, 234 and 103 grams respectively.

Earlier a statue of Buddha was recovered from Ramu on Oct 25, following recovery of another one from Ukhia on Oct 4.


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