Bangladesh pushes back 99 Burmese nationals

( Dhaka, 17 June 2013): The Bangladesh border guards have pushed back 99 Burmese nationals to their country on Sunday.

The incident took place in Bandarban hill district and Cox’s bazaar areas, when the Burmese citizens tried to enter Bangladesh illegally through different international border passes.

The commanding officer of 42 battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Teknaf said that 67 Burmese nationals comprising various ethnic minorities of Burma were detained during their approach to enter Bangladesh through the Naff river between 12:30 and 2 pm of June 16.

In another incident, the BGB personnel arrested 32 Muslims including women and children when they tried to get an entry into Bangladesh through Sabrong union of Teknaf township, a bordering town with Burma.

All the Burmese nationals were later pushed back by the Bangladesh border authority with the route they used to enter into the neighbouring country.

It is learnt that the Bangladesh border authority normally pushes back the Burmese nationals rather than handing over the encroachers to the Burmese counterpart.