BGB on alert on Myanmar borderOur Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar
Border Guard Bangladesh remained alert on Bangladesh-Myanmar border
after Friday’s communal riots at Maungdaw township in Arakan province of Myanmar.
Lieutenant colonel Khalequzaman, commanding officer of 17 BGB stationed at Cox’s Bazar, said that
the border guards had been put on alert.
‘Members of the BGB have been put on alter on Bangladesh-Myanmar border fearing a fresh influx of Rohingya Muslims because of communal strife there,’ he said.
There was a mass influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh in the 1990s as some 250,877 of them fled their homes in Myanmar to flee persecution.
Some 236,599 Myanmar refugees were repatriated in 14 years from 1991through diplomatic negotiations. The move was, however, stopped in 2005 due to non-cooperation by the Myanmar military junta.
Around 29,000 registered Rohingya refugees are staying in two camps in Cox’s Bazar while around four lakh illegal Rohingyas have scattered all over Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati.
According to international news agencies, four people were killed on Friday in religious clashes in western Myanmar, where police opened fire and the authorities declared a curfew to tackle the escalating unrest, officials said.
State television announced late Friday a night-time curfew in the unrest-hit areas, home to large numbers of Rohingyas, a Muslim group described by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. Tensions have flared in Rakhine since 10 Muslims on a bus were killed by an angry Buddhist mob who believed mistakenly that the perpetrators of the recent rape and murder of a Rakhine woman were on board.
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