Monday, July 20, 2009

Bangladesh to file case against illegal entry

Teknaf, Bangladesh (Kaladan): Bangladeshi authorities have decided to file a case against Rohingya entering Bangladesh illegally, according to sources.

On July 19, six Burmese nationals were arrested from Shapuri Dip by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) for intrusion. They were handed over to the police station in Teknaf in the evening, according to a BDR source.

The arrested are: Ali Akbar (38), Mohamed Hamid (28), Yar Mohammad (22), Mohamed Salim (27), Mohamed Yasin (25), and Dulal Hussain, hailing from Zalia Para of Akyab, Arakan State Burma.

A case has been filed against the six arrested in the Teknaf police station, the acting officer-in-charge Jamal Ahamed Chowdhury said.

The Township Officer of Teknaf, Md Tofayel Islam also said “Earlier we pushed back many Rohingyas to Burma several times. As it did not work, we have now decided to file cases against them.”

But, a social worker from a NGO in Teknaf said the influx will not stop till there is restoration of law and order and human rights in Burma.

"The Rohingya influx will not stop unless there is a qualitative change in Arakan state, in western Myanmar where the Rohingya people live,” Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said.

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