Police issue order prohibiting more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees from leaving areas designated by the government.
Bangladesh has restricted the movement of Rohingya refugees, banning them from leaving designated areas in the country to which over 400,000 have fled from violence in neighbouring Myanmar.
Police said on Saturday that they have issued an order prohibiting Rohingya refugees from leaving the areas and camps the government has designated for them in the border district.
“They should stay in the designated camps until they return to their country,” Sahely Ferdous, a police spokeswoman, said in a statement.
She said Rohingya were also asked not to take shelter in the homes of their friends or acquaintances and locals have been asked not to rent houses to the refugees.
“They cannot travel from one place to another by roads, railways or waterways,” the order said, adding that bus and lorry drivers and workers have been asked not to carry the Rohingya.
Police said they have set up check posts and surveillance in key transit points to make sure the refugees don’t travel to the other parts of the country.
According to the state-run news agency, new camps were also being set up to help house the influx of refugees.
The restrictions were announced as Bangladesh authorities said they faced an “unprecedented crisis” due to the influx of 409,000 refugees since last month, according to UN figures.
Dozens of refugees were found in three towns hundreds of kilometres from the Myanmar frontier, stoking fears that thousands of Rohingya Muslims will move from the border region into the the mainland of Bangladesh.