Dhaka, September 28: Three Rohingya men were arrested red-handed while trying to smuggle 800,000 methamphetamine pills into the Bangladesh from Myanmar. Last week two Rohingya men were arrested from a boat in the Naf river by Bangladesh border guards with some 430,000 yaba pills.
"They were carrying 800,000 yaba tablets on a boat. They brought the yabas from Myanmar. Two of the Rohingyas came here recently. And the other one is an old refugee," he added.
Yaba, a Thai word meaning crazy medicine, is a concoction of methamphetamine and caffeine that has become popular among young people in Bangladesh.
According to United Nations’s report, 480000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar on 25th of August, increasing its estimate by 45,000 in last two days.
The Bangladesh government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar says its security forces are fighting Rohingya militants behind a surge of violence in Rakhine state that began on August 25, and they are doing all they can to avoid harming civilians.