BGB drives out Rohingyas, pushes back 450 more

Rohingya women and children flee their mother land to escape inhuman persecution-File photo

Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, who tried to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape sectarian violence, are kept under watch by Bangladeshi security officials in Teknaf on Sunday. — AFP photo

Border Guard Bangladesh personnel on Sunday evicted about 800 Rohingya refugees, who recently fled persecution in Myanmar, by demolishing their temporary shelters at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar and thwarted entry of some 450 more Rohingya people who got in Bangladesh by crossing the Naf River.
The BGB allegedly held some 356 of the evicted refugees at a point along the bordering river at Teknaf’s Hnila to send them back to Myanmar.
The rest 450 people scattered around the vicinities and escaped.
A military counterinsurgency offensive has been ongoing in Myanmar since October 9, which sent so far 33,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh.

Those 356 people were being guarded by BGB men as they could not escape the drive that began around 10:00am, witnesses said.

‘It is believed that they will be sent back to Myanmar after nightfall,’ said one of the witnesses, with previous knowledge about handling of the refugees by Bangladesh authorities.

The BGB battalion commander at Teknaf, Abu Zar Al Jahid, admitted that they ran an eviction drive. He said they decided to carry out the drive after locals had complained about the refugees erecting temporary shelters on their land.

The eviction was the second incident of removing the refugees from temporary shelters in Teknaf since December 22, the day when at least 200 families of the refugees were evicted from makeshift huts built near the Leda camp.

The place of Sunday’s eviction drive was also close to the camp. Makeshift huts started appearing along local roads and in open spaces in neighborhoods adjacent to the camp since the first week of December as the camp’s capacity to shelter the refugees reached to its limit.

At least 5,000 refugees have taken shelter in the camp, following the fresh spates of violence in Myanmar. There were 20,000 refugees already living in the camp before the fresh violence began.
The refugee influx continued until Sunday, with the BGB returning 34 boats, with 450 Rohingya refugees on boards.

They entered Bangladesh territorial waters after crossing international border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, along
the mid-flow of the Naf River.

The BGB battalion commander Abu Zar said the boats were intercepted at different points along the river, including Hnila, and Damdamia.

In another incident, the BGB held 33 refugees at Ukhia’s Kutupalang, in the morning.

At least 160 refugees from 27 families entered the unregistered refugee camp in Kutupalong on Sunday, sources said.spates of violence in Myanmar. There were 20,000 refugees already living in the camp before the fresh violence began.

The refugee influx continued until Sunday, with the BGB returning 34 boats, with 450 Rohingya refugees on boards.
They entered Bangladesh territorial waters after crossing international border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, along
the mid-flow of the Naf River.

The BGB battalion commander Abu Zar said the boats were intercepted at different points along the river, including Hnila, and Damdamia.

In another incident, the BGB held 33 refugees at Ukhia’s Kutupalang, in the morning.

At least 160 refugees from 27 families entered the unregistered refugee camp in Kutupalong on Sunday, sources said.

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