Burma releases 24 Bangladeshi fishermen


( Teknaf, 16 July 2013): Twenty four Bangladeshi fishermen were released by the Burmese authority on Sunday, who were abducted by the border security agency few days back.

A senior Bangladeshi reporter in cox’sbazar informed that along with the fishermen, 6 fishing boats were also handed over to Bangladesh authority.

The released fishermen had reached the Teknaf jetty from Maungdaw on Sunday evening.

The Bangladeshi fishermen were detained by the Burmese border security agency on Friday evening as they sailed on the Naff river to enter the Burmese territory without prior permission.

Interestingly the incident took place a few hours after the Burmese President Thein Sein  declared about the elimination of Nasaka force with immediate effect from 12 July, 2013.

On the other hand, the Bangladeshi border authority alleged that their Burmese counterpart had abducted 24 Bangladeshi fishermen with 6 fishing boats as they intruded into Burmese water territory.

According to the local media source, the Bangladesh commander of  BGB-42 Battalion Lt Col Zahid Hossain  strongly protested against the Burmese actions and also sent a letter to Nasaka urging for a flag meeting to discuss the matter.

Finally the Burmese authority has freed all the 24 Bangladeshi fishermen accompanying their boats.