Burma denies planting of mines on the international border


(Maungdaw, 7 January 2013): Burma (Myanmar) denies its hands in planting mines along the border areas with Bangladesh. It is learnt from a letter sent by a responsible Burmese official from Maungdaw.

The letter, sent by an authorized person from Maungdaw  police station to Narinjara, rejected the claim made by the Bangladesh Border Guard that Burmese agencies were involved in planting mines in Burma-Bangladesh border areas.

“It (planting of mines) is not related to our border security forces. It may be handiwork of some miscreants who wanted to destroy our goodwill to a neighboring nation,” said the letter sent to Narinjara through e-mail.

Mentionable is that the Bangladesh border security forces had discovered 39 mines along the international border with Burma in the last week of December, which were later removed, said a report published in The Daily Star recently.

“As far our knowledge goes all those reported mines were actually handmade and locally manufactured bombs only. Our forces do not deal with those kinds of explosions. So the accusation does not have the merit,” added the letter.