Burma handovers four Bangladeshis

Teknaf, Bangladesh:  Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) handed over four Bangladeshis -three policemen and one civilian-to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) today before noon after flag meeting between two countries at Maungdaw, Burma, said a BGB official.   “The Nasaka picked up them from the border point of Gumdum on March 13, at about 5:00 pm while loitering.”

However, the Nasaka has not been returning the picked up three Bangladeshi policemen and one civilian since March 13 despite holding flag meeting between two countries earlier.

Again, today, before noon, a battalion commander level bilateral flag meeting was held in Maungdaw and handed over the Bangladeshi to the BGB, according to Lt Col Zahid Hasan, BGB 42, Commanding Officer.

From Burma side, a group Nasaka personnel led by a high official from Nasaka Headquarters of Maungdaw Township while six members of  BGB led by Captain Kamrul, an officer of BGB 42 Battalion of Teknaf at the meeting.

“Six-strong delegation of BGB, led by Capt Kamrul went to Myanmar at around 10:00 am to get the detainees back.”

Earlier, on March 17, Battalion Commander level bilateral flag meeting between BGB and Nasaka was held over the matter at Bangladesh-Burma border Lal (red) bridge inside Burma territory. But at that time, the picked up Bangladeshis were not returned to BGB by Nasaka.

Teknaf Police Station officials said the four had been taken to the office of Cox’s Bazar police superintendent.

The released Bangladeshis were identified as—- constables Mohammad Imran Hossain and Irfan Sarkar from Ukhiya television sub-station, constable Mojibur Rahman from Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp,  and Saiful Islam, a civilian.

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