The Burmese fishermen – arrested by Bangladesh navy forces –were sent Cox’s Bazar Jail on December 10, according to Teknaf police officer-in-charge Ataur Rahman Khandakar.
“They were produced at Cox’s Bazar court on December 10 at noon where Judge Mohamed Tafique Aziz ordered to send them to jail,” said Ataur Rahman Khandakar, the police officer.
The 92 Burmese fishermen were arrested by Dhaleshwari – a navy ship from Bangladesh naval forces- patrolling in the Bay in the afternoon on December 8, challenged 12 fishing trawlers near Saint Martin’s island in the Bay for suspicious movement, said a handout from Naval force of Saint Martin station.
As the fishing trawlers failed to show any valid document, the Navy members seized the trawlers and detained 92 fishermen who were on board for fishing inside the Bangladesh maritime boundary, according to Lieutenant Kibria, contingent commander of the navy’s St Martin’s Island station.
According to local people from Border, the fishermen are from Burma, mostly from Akyab (Sittwe) –the capital of Arakan.
However, all the arrested seized – fishermen along with 12 fishing trawlers and many kinds of fishes worth Taka about 100.80 million- were handed over to the Teknaf police station for further investigations on December 9, Mr. Kutubuddin, a captain of Naval forces from Saint-Martain said.