Myanmar will take back 6,500 Rohingyas on no-man's land: BGB

Kalerkantho Online   

2 March, 2018 19:25 PM

Myanmar will take back 6,500 Rohingyas on no-man's land: BGB

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The Myanmar Border Police (BGP) has assured the Bangladesh authorities it will take back 6,500 Rohingyas, who have been staying on the no-man's land near the Tambru border at Naikkhyangchharhi in Bandarban.

Lt Col Manjurul Ahsan Khan, commanding officer of BGB battalion in Cox’s Bazar, has confirmed this to journalists.

Myanmar’s eagerness came during a flag meeting between the officials of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar Border Police (BGP) held on Friday afternoon.

Myanmar’s spokesman Zaw Htay, however, said today the deployment was triggered by reports that Rohingya insurgents intended to launch an attack from the Bangladesh border, defending the deployment of more security forces along the Bangladesh border.

The flag-meeting move came from Bangladesh’s part as Myanmar Border Police took position along Tambru border in Bandarban with heavy arms and ammunition yesterday.

The members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been put on high alert, following the tensions at Myanmar border areas with Bangladesh.

Additional Director General (operation and training) of BGB Brig Gen Mujibur Rahman has disclosed the matter at a press conference at BGB headquarters on March 1.

He said: "The BGB members have been put on high alert and we are observing the situation carefully. BGB is always ready to face any challenges if any serious situation occurred.

"No alarming situation has been created yet. However, deploying armed forces with heavy arms and ammunition on the border during normal atmosphere goes against the border norms," he added.

In such circumstances, BGB authorities have sent a protest note to the BGP, asking them to hold a flag meeting.