Bangla media accuses Burma of killing 6 Bangladeshi citizens


(Narinjara News, 12 June 2014): The Bangladesh media has accused Burmese security forces of killing at least six Bangladeshi citizens on Wednesday morning. The incident that took place near Burma (Myanmar) border in the morning also left 20 others injured.

“The firing incident started at around 11 am of  June 11. The location was about 10 kilometer away from St. Martin`s Island of Bangladesh. The unprovoked firing started by the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) on a Bangladesh trawler which carried around 311 people,” reported several newspapers published from Dhaka and Chittagong.

The reports quoted one Mithun from Narisngdi, who was one of the passengers of the trawler, most of them were on way to intrude Malaysia illegally. Mithun reportedly talked to the media outlets from his place with his mobile phone.

Mithun claimed that the BGP personnel fired upon the passengers of the trawler indiscriminately. Many passengers even jumped into the sea to escape the firing.

Lt Kazi Harun-ur-Rashid, Coast Guard Station Commander in Teknaf, also said that he heard about the incident killing several Bangladeshi people.

However, the BGP or Burma government have not made any comment on the incident till filing the news item.

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