Burmese boatpeople land in Bangladesh

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Three boats with loading about 200 boatpeople from Pauktaw Township, Arakan State, landed Cox’s Bazar on November 12 at night, said a boat people named Hussain by telephone to Kaladan Press.
Hussain also said that on November 10, at night, three boats loading with about 200 Rohingya villagers, including women and children departed to Bangladesh from Pauktaw Township, Arakan State for various kinds of persecutions by security forces— army and Hluntin— after the violence of November 3, between Rakhine and Rohingya communities.

Three Rohingya were killed -one killed by Rakhine villagers while he was collecting firewood in the forest, security force (Hluntin) fired on the mobs of Rohingya where two killed and four others were seriously wounded in the clashes. He also said that a Rakhine woman was killed and another one was wounded by Rohingya villagers, he more added.

After the incident, the situation is very bad in Pauktaw Township and the army and Hluntin forced the Rohingya IDPs to go to an isolated camp which is constructed nearby Rakhine villages with the fund of NGOs.  The security forces are also discriminating the Rohingya villagers in many ways. As a result, many Rohingya people are trying to flee from the Pauktaw Township to neighboring countries by boat, another boatpeople named Du Du Mea said.

Besides, he said that another two boats will come to Bangladesh with boat-people from Pauktaw Township.

Of the three boats, one boat with 60 boat-people landed at Enani village under the Cox’s Bazar district, another one was going to Mosh Khali Island and landed at Dal Ghata area and the last one is landed near Shamlapur area of Teknaf union, in which Hussain is present. It landed the place at around10:30 pm last night. It has 100 boatpeople including 25 women and 30 children, Hussain more added.

However, some of the boatpeople were arrested by Bangladesh police and most of other were disappeared in the local villages. But, their future in Bangladesh is uncertain. Any time, they will be arrested by authorities concerned. They choice night to land in Bangladesh as they know that the security forces will not give them permission to cross Burma- Bangladesh border, according to village elder from Shamlapur, who didn’t want to mention his named.

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