New Delhi: Self-exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Monday alleged that Bangladesh offered land to Rohingyas for votes.
On Saturday, the Bangladesh government had announced plans to build shelters for up to 400,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.
Talking to microblogging website Twitter, Nasreen said:
B'desh offerd land 2shelter Rohingya.What if thse ppl wre Hindus,Buddhists,Christians,Jews but not Muslims?Shelter not 4humanity but 4votes!
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) September 18, 2017
Since late August, more than 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape a government offensive, according to UN estimates.
The new shelters for Rohingyas in Bangladesh will be on a site covering about 8 sq km of land, close to established camps which have been overwhelmed by arrivals from Myanmar, the Daily Star reported.
A total of 8,500 temporary toilets will be built and 14 “makeshift warehouses” will be set up near the shelters.
In another related development, the Indian government on Monday told the Supreme Court not to interfere in the Rohingya issue as it was a policy decision to deport them and that some of them were linked to Pakistani terrorist groups.
The current humanitarian crisis began following an August 25 attack by the insurgent Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on police and military posts in the northwestern state of Rakhine that had led to a violent offensive by the Myanmar Army.