Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked all mobile operators to stop their services in Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps within next seven days.
In a meeting at BTRC Bhaban at Dhaka's Ramna today, Chairman Md. Jahurul Haque also asked operators to stop selling new SIM cards to Rohingyas and to disconnect all active SIMs in Rohingya camps.
Jahurul said: “Rohingya refugees have no right to use registered SIMs because they are not legal citizens of Bangladesh.”
“The use of unregistered SIMs is one of the reasons behind the rise of crimes committed by Rohingya refugees in the 30 camps of Cox’s Bazar,” he added.
The BTRC chairman also said that action will be taken against unauthorised SIM users.
Earlier, the BTRC sent its director to identify the status of active SIM users in Rohingya camps.