Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 52 boat-people including 21 Rohingyas and a trawler nearby Saint Martin Island of the Bay of Bengal, said a local fisherman from Shapuri Dip.
After being rescued, the BGB and BCG handed over the arrestees or rescued boat-people to Teknaf police station, according to Bangladesh Coast Guard.
On 22 November morning, Coast Guard of Saint Martin Station Commander Lt Sayful Karim, led a team in the Bay of Bengal near Saint Martin Island rescued 36 persons including 21 Rohingyas, according to Coast Guard official.
BGB also arrested 26 people from Haber Para of Teknaf, who were about to leave for Malaysia by boat, according to official.
BGB Commander of 42 Battalion in Teknaf— Lt Col Jahid Hasan confirmed this event. He said that the arrested 26 people paid Tk 20,000 to 40,000 each to the agents for sending them off to Malaysia.
The boat-people were left for Malaysia by boat from the Haber Para of Teknaf Town of the border as the young people are not able to go through recruitment agency of Malaysia where they need to pay 200,000 taka per head. The young Bangladeshi who are living near the border have no jobs now as no border trade legal or illegal after riot since June. These young people are depending on the border trade business, said an elder from Teknaf.