Police rescued 52 Rohingyas, including women and children, from Cox's Bazar when they were about to be trafficked to Malaysia by sea.
Police held 28 Rohingya men, women and children who were gathered at Suknachari and Darianagar area of the district around 10:30 pm on Tuesday for trafficking to Malaysia.
Of the rescued, 13 are women, 9 men and 6 are children.
The boat which was to be used for trafficking was also seized.
Locals and police said 24 Rohingya refugees were rescued raiding the house of Tabaiya at Lambaripara under Jaliyapalong union of Ukhia. The rescued have been kept at a guest house.
Detained Rohingya youth Mizanur Rahman, 25, said five members of a family including his aunt Gulmohor, 60, cousin brother Abdus Salam, 20, cousin sister, Rafika Begum, 18, came here five days back via Rila Jadimora ghat. All of them are residence of Buchidong Puimali village in Myanmar.
Golmohor said Rakhaine terrorists had killed her husband Mohammad Kashem and burned down their houses.
To escape death, they came here through Rila Jadimora ghat five days ago. Then a man named Tabaiya kept them at his Lambaripara house for five days, luring them to send to Malaysia by boat.
Officer-in-Charge of Ukhia police station Abul Khayer said the rescued include 11 women, 8 men, and 5 boys and girls.
Earlier, locals cordoned off a house of a trafficker on Tuesday night after noticing that Rohingyas were gathered at Dariyanagar and Sukhnachari areas for trafficking.
Later, after receiving information, police rushed to the spot and rescued 28 Rohingyas from there. Of them, 13 are women, 9 men and 6 children.
Officer-in-Charge of Sadar Police Station Farid Uddin Khandaker said that sensing the presence of police the local agents of traffickers fled the scene.
Earlier on May 11, police held 8 Rohingyas from Baharchara of Teknaf, 14 Kalarmarchara of Moheshkhali and the following day 12 more were held at Panirchara area of Moheshkhali before they were trafficked to Malaysia.