Boat capsizes, one dies and two missing

Teknaf, Bangladesh:  Body of a man was recovered and two others went missing when a Malaysian bound boat capsized with 20 – 30 boatpeople in the Bay of Bengal near Sabrong coast of Teknaf early morning, April 6 (Saturday), according to BGB official.
“The body was recovered from the Korermouk coast in Sabrong union of Teknaf.
The victim was identified as Abul Kalam (35), on of late Kobir Ahmed alias Kala Meah of Ohonci Pran village in Whykong union of Teklnaf.”

According to the local’s sources of Teknaf, a small boat capsized with 20-30 Malaysian bound boatpeople in the Bay of Bengal near the Korermouk coast in Sabrong union of Teknaf, at about 4:00 am while crossing to transfer boatpeople to a big boat, which was anchoring in the Bay of Bengal and was waiting its passengers.  One man died, two others missing and the rest were swum to the shore.

Locals found the body of one of the three who went missing at Korermouk point coast in Sabrong union under Teknaf at about 10:00 am and they immediately informed to 42 BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) battalion of Teknaf and rushed to the spot and they recovered the body at around 1:00 pm.

The locals also said that three fishing trawlers with 70-80 boat- people, on Saturday, at around 2:30 am, went to Korermouk to send boat-people to the big boat, which was waiting in the Bay of Bengal to receive its passengers.

The boat owner is Abdu Salam, son of late Ali Hussain, hailed from Sabran village of Teknaf union. BGB files a case against him regarding the illegally sending people to Malaysia.

Most of the boat- people are from Rohingya community. They flee from Arakan because of political persecution by present pseudo-civilian government, said a relative of a boat-people.

Lieutenant Colonel Jahid Hossain, Commanding Officer of the BGB battalion told that BGB personal recovered the dead from the Korermouk coast.

Rapid Action Battalion-RAB personnel and Cox’s Bazar police said that they detained 133 illegal boatpeople from different areas in Cox’s bazar on April 3 and 4.

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