Teknaf, Bangladesh: Thirty seven more Bangladeshi boat-people, who were rescued by Burmese navy on May 21, were brought back Bangladesh from Arakan, Burma on June 19, according to Maj Aminul Islam.
“The Bangladeshi nationals were handed over after the flag meeting with Myanmar officials on June 19.”
The meeting took place around 10:30am and Maj Imran Ullah Sarker, deputy commander of BGB Battalion 17, led the Bangladesh delegation. The Bangladeshis were brought back through Ghundhum border, the Maj more added.
Cox’s Bazar Superintendent of Police Shyamol Kumar Nath said the victims were taken to a temporary camp set up at a cultural center in the town.
On May 21, Burmese navy rescued 208 boatpeople from the Bay of Bengal when they were being trafficked into Malaysia.
After the high commission’s verification, the first batch of 150 returned home on June 8 from Maungdaw Township, of them, three were identified as Rohingyas, according to police.
Among the rest 58, thirty seven more were later recognized as Bangladeshis.
Besides, on May 29, Burmese navy found 734 more people crowded on an another fishing boat in its waters, of them , at least 546 are Bangladeshi and 187 are Rohingyas, according to sources.