Source: News Bharati English20 Nov 2016 16:40:58
Bangladesh, November 20: The government has tightened up the security on the south eastern districts bordering Myanmar to prevent invasion of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi coast guards have pushed back 125 Rohingya Muslims, mostly women and children as they attempted to enter Bangladeshi territory to flee violence in their home country Myanmar.
Bangladeshi authorities on Friday prevented the refugees, crammed into seven wooden boats, from ducking on the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River, which separates Bangladesh's southeastern border from western Myanmar, said Nafiur Rahman, a local coast guard official, on Saturday.
In the wake of Myanmar army actions, the government in Bangladesh put its forces alert on the border with additional forces moved to the areas, said Md. Ali Hossain, deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar district bordering the Rakhine state.
“We don’t allow anyone to enter our territory without valid documents,” he added. Bangladesh has heavily boosted security measures in a strip of land along its border with Myanmar and deployed hundreds of troops to patrol the area in a bid to push back the potential waves of Rohingya Muslim refugees, who flee the resurgence of violence and persecution back home.
Rakhine, home to a large number of Rohingya Muslims, has been under a military lockdown since an alleged attack on the country’s border guards on October 9 left nine police officers dead. The government accused the Rohingya of being behind the assault.