BTRC asks mobile phone operators to stop services in Rohingya camps

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The instruction is in the interest of state security and for preserving law and order

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked mobile phone operators to stop the sale of SIM cards and telecommunication services in the Rohingya camps of Cox’s Bazar.

The latest move of the BTRC came soon after Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar directed the commission to take urgent action to stop mobile phone services in the Rohingya camps.

Following the directive, the BTRC issued a notice to mobile phone operators on Sunday, asking them to notify the commission with regard to stopping the sale of SIM cards and telecommunication facilities to the Rohingyas within seven working days.

The notice, signed by the commission’s Deputy Director (SS) Nahidul Hasan, said the instruction was given considering state security and for the sake of protecting law and order, in the interest of public safety.

The notice was issued following allegations of mobile phone operators selling SIM cards and providing mobile phone services to the Rohingya community in violation of a government ban.

The government imposed a ban on selling SIM cards to Rohingyas who fled Myanmar amid persecution by the military there.