9 More Myanmar BGP Members Take Shelter In Bangladesh

Entered BGP Members
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Entered BGP Members Photo Collected

Nine more members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police (BGP) have entered Bangladesh through the Kharangkhali and Jhimongkhali borders in Teknaf on Sunday morning. They have taken shelter in Bangladesh.

Lt Col Mohiuddin Ahmed, the commander of Teknaf-2 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), confirmed the matter.

He said: "Due to various reasons including language barriers, we could not fully verify their identities. However, from the information we have gathered, we understand that all those who sought refuge are connected to Myanmar’s BGP. They are now in our custody."

Meanwhile, since the day of Eid, there has been intense fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which is dominated by Rohingya, between the junta government forces and the armed group Arakan Army. 

Mohammad Humayun, a resident of Hnila in Teknaf, said to media: "Since Eid day, the sounds of dispute and shelling from the other side can be heard again. Unable to withstand the battle, nine members of Myanmar’s BGP have crossed into our side. I heard that the BGB has taken them into custody. However, the number of such instances could increase, according to the people living near the border."

Teknaf Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Adnan Choudhury said: “Nine members of Myanmar's BGP have crossed into Bangladesh through the border. The BGP members were disarmed and taken into BGB custody. We are all working together at the border. Our law enforcement forces are on patrol and remain on alert."

On March 11, around 179 members of Myanmar's BGP fled to Bangladesh through the Naikhongchhari's Jamchhari border and are currently at the Naikhongchhari BGB battalion. The process of repatriating them to Myanmar is ongoing. 

Conflicts began between the Arakan Army and Myanmar’s border guard force, BGP, across the border in Naikhongchhari on February 2. 

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