Four Bangladeshi fishermen languish in Buthidaung jail

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Four Bangladeshi fishermen have been languishing in Buthidaung jail, Arakan State, Burma since last June, 2012, said a relative of a prisoner.
“When the fishermen were fishing in the Naff River, they were arrested by Burma’s border security force (Nasaka).”

The prisoners have been identified as Abadat Ullah alias, Abdullah, Janal Uddin, Rahamat Ullah and another one is Chakma (minority). They all belong to Wykong and Ukhiya Upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.

Mahamuda Khatun wife of Rahamat Ullah told the Kaladan Press, “My husband went to the Naff River for fishing by a small boat eight months ago. But, it was caught by windy and reached to the Burma side, where Burma security force arrested him and sent toButhidaung jail.”

Like Rahamat Ullah, other three persons also went to the Naff River for fishing in Bangladesh territorial waters and were arrested by Nasaka personnel, according to different sources.

The sources also said that the family members of prisoners have been suffering from shortage of food and facing other difficulties. So, the families of prisoners have requested to the Member of Parliament (MP) Abdur Rahaman Bhodi from Teknaf and other concerned authorities to bring them from the Burma’s jail.

Similarly, more Bangladeshi fishermen and woodcutters have been languishing in Burma’s jail, but the concerned authorities of Bangladesh have not taken any step regarding their release, said a local elder on condition of anonymity.

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