14-Rohingya arrested at Bangladesh-Burma border

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Coastguards arrested 14 Rohingyas from different entry points of Bangladesh- Burma border and handed over to Teknaf police station on October 21, Didar, a local from Teknaf town said. “A patrol team of BGB arrested nine Rohingyas from the Naff River on October 21, at about 3:00 pm while they were entering the Bangladesh through the entry point of Teknaf Jadimura by a small row boat.”

According to BGB sources, members of BGB arrested one male, four women and four children after being conducted operation. They all belong to Khunna Para (village) of Maungdaw Township.

After arrest, they were brought to Dumdum Meah BGB outpost of Teknaf Battalion No. 42 for further investigations. The BGB women checked their whole bodies and got more than 7,000 pieces of Yaba tablets, BGB sources said.

A relative of a victim Hamida (29) said on condition of anonymity that they crossed Burma-Bangladesh border by a row boat, but they had no Yaba tablets. They came to Bangladesh from Burma to visit their relatives in camps and for medical treatment in Bangladesh in illegal way as they didn’t get border pass from Burmese authority.

Besides, Bangladesh Coastguard arrested five Rohingyas from the Naff River, on the same day, at midnight while entering the Bangladesh by an engine boat. The Bangladesh Coastguard accused them that they are boat-people. They all hailed from Aley Than Kyaw village of Maungdaw Township, an officer of Bangladesh Coastguards said.

However, the above said nine victims were handed over to Teknaf police station along with Yaba tablets by BGB and other five were also handed over to Teknaf police station by Bangladesh Coastguards. Police has filed case against them in connection of Yaba smuggling and trafficking, a police officer said.

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