Thursday, May 21, 2009

Forty nine Burmese nationals pushed back to Burma

Teknaf, Bangladesh (KPN): The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) detained and pushed back 49 Burmese nationals to Burma yesterday, according to sources.

The Burmese nationals were arrested from various places such as Teknaf bus terminus, Nila, Whykong and Leda as they entered Bangladesh illegally.

Crossing the Naff River, the Rohingyas entered Teknaf from Arakan in Burma a few days ago.

Major Helal Mohammed Khan of Teknaf 42 BDR Battalion said the Rohingyas were arrested during a drive from 9 am to 5 pm at bus terminal and adjacent areas.

The drive to nab Rohingyas will continue, the officer added.

Earlier, over 83 Rohingyas were arrested while intruding into Bangladesh through different points of the border. Later, they were pushed back to Burma by BDR, according to sources.

“We come to Bangladesh to take shelter to avoid persecution by Burmese military authorities and we are not allowed to go from one village to another in Arakan.

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