Naikonchari, Bangladesh: The authority of Bangladesh has imposed red alert at zero point of Bangladesh-Burma border from on May 29 after missing a member of BGB Nayek Mizanur Rahman by Burma Border Guard police on May 27 morning, according to BGB official report.
Bangladesh-Burma border pillar number 50
“The authority announced red alert along the Bangladesh-Burma border because the members of BGB were attacked and fired by Burma border guard police.”
On May 30 afternoon, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Burma border guard police exchanged firing for about two hours along Naikhonchhari border in Bandarban district, BGB sources said.
“The gun fired (between BGB and border force of Burma) took place from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Panchhari,” the officer-in-charge of Naikhonchhari Police Station said.
No casualties were reported immediately, BGB’s Bandarban Sector Commander Col KM Saiful Islam and the officer-in-charge of Naikhonchhari Police Station said.
Local people and witnesses said the incident of severe fire exchange for around two hours from 3:00pm to 5:00pm caused a severe panic among the inhabitants of Paanchhari in Dochhari.
A large number of people already left their Painchhari village last night as a tense situation heightened in the area.
BGB Director General Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed said Burma Border Guard Police launched firing on BGB patrol teams at around 3:00pm when the BGB members had gone there to receive the body of a BGB member – Naik Mizanur Rahman-was killed by the BGP after his abduction on May 27 fire exchange.
“The body of the BGB member was supposed to hand over to the BGB in the afternoon. But when the BGB members had gone to the proposed place, the BGP members opened fire on the BGB members instead of handing over the body forcing the BGB personnel to fire back,” said the BGB chief.
BDR waiting for missing Nayek Mizanur Rahman who will hand over at this point
“Immediate after the incident, we have contacted with the higher authorities of Burma Border Guard Police, who told us that they have instructed the lower authorities to handover the body, but the lower level officials said they were yet to receive any such instruction,” The BGB chief told the press.
Tension along the border escalated after Nayek Mizanur Rahman of BGB went missing following an indiscriminate firing by the Burma Border Guard Police on May 27 morning.
Earlier on Thursday, Bangladesh strongly protested the firing and detaining the BGB member by Burma Border Guard Police along the Bangladesh-Burma border, and demanded his immediate release.
The foreign ministry summoned Burma envoy Dhaka U Myo Myint Than at State Guesthouse Padma at 10:30am today to protest the firing and amid heightened tension. It is the third protest letter from Bangladesh to Burma since May 28, according to Foreign office statement.
As tension escalated along the border with Burma after exchange of gunfire between members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Burma Border Guard Police for about two hours along Naikhonchhari border in Bandarban district on Friday afternoon. Bangladesh asked Burma side today to stop the gunfire and take immediate measures to identify the dead body that could be of missing Naik Mizanur Rahman, BGB statement.
Meanwhile, a Burmese border guard police officer has confirmed that a member of the Border Guard Bangladesh was killed by his unit on May 27 when a clash broke out between the two sides amid rising tensions along the border, while secretary (Bilateral) Mustafa Kamal demanded a thorough investigation into the unprovoked recurrence of gunfire on May 30 and for abstaining from the same in the future at the meeting in Bangladesh with Burmese envoy.
“One from the other side [Bangladesh] was killed by our police force when a clash broke out on May 28,” Tun Oo, a police colonel in Akyab, Arakan State, told The Irrawaddy on Friday.
“After the clash, we have had ongoing negotiations and there is no problem.”
The Burmese envoy was informed that a BGB team was waiting near border pillar No. 52 for the identification of the dead body as proposed by the Burmese side. However, Burmese border forces suddenly started firing on the waiting BGB team without any provocation to their complete surprise.
The Burmese envoy was also told that despite the recent border incidents, the Bangladesh government in the spirit of good neighborly relations has strongly encouraged the visit of the BGB DG and his delegation to Burma from June 9-14.
While referring to the reported deployment of Burmese military forces alongside the Bangladesh-Burma border, which is a violation of the Boundary Agreement of 1980, Bangladesh side urged upon Burma for immediate and complete withdrawal of the Burmese military, if deployed.