4,751 Burmese nationals repatriated to Burma during communal violence

Maungdaw: Representatives of the BGB have told its Burmese counterparts Nasaka in their commander-level flag meeting held on December 12 in Maungdaw in Arakan State that it pushed back 4751 Burma-born Bengalis who fled to Bangladesh during the communal violence last June and October.

Flag meeting in Maungdaw on 12 December

Flag meeting in Maungdaw on 12 December.

The BGB representatives stated that they provided them with food, medicine and other essentials etc before pushing them back to Burma.

The meeting that lasted for 3 hours (from 10 am to 1 pm) at the building of the Border Gate No. 1 in Maungdaw and was attended by the 17-member Burmese team led by the Nasaka Commander Colonel U Aung Naing Oo and the 14-member Bangladeshi team led by the BGB’s Chittagong Sector Commander Colonel Zillul Haque.

It is learnt that Colonel Zillul Haque has also proposed to the Burmese side to release Bangladeshi nationals such as fishers and wood cutters who are earning their daily living near the border if they are arrested according to the bilateral border agreements signed in 1980.

The agenda on preventing illegal border-crossings and narcotics smugglings, handover of prisoners, extending legal trade and strengthening bilateral relations were said to be discussed in their meeting.

15 Bangladeshi citizens who were arrested in Burma for illegal travel three months ago were also said to be handed over to the BGB team at the end of the meeting.