Bangladeshi teenager languishes in Buthidaung jail

Tekanf, Bangladesh: A Bangladeshi teenager has been languishing in Buthidaung jail of Arakan State, Burma since February 2014, said Nuru, a local from Teknaf. “The Bangladeshi teenager was arrested from the Naff River by a group of border guard police (Hluntin) while he was fishing between Bangladesh and Burma territory.”

The teenager- Roshid Meah (14), son of Abdul Monaf hailed from Whykong north village under the Teknaf police station, Cox’s Bazar district.

According to sources, Roshid went to Naff River for fishing on February 14, 2014 at about 11: 00 am as he has to feed his family members.

Monaf, the victim’s father told the Kaladanpress, “My son was arrested by Burmese border guard police (Hluntin) over the allegation that my son was fishing in Burma territory.

However, the father of victim also urged the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and village member to bring his son from the Buthidaung jail.

Lt. Col. Abuzar Al Jahid from Tekanf Battalion No. 42 said that BGB has been trying to return back and other prisoners from Burmese jail in the next flag meeting.

According to different sources, many Bangladeshi fishermen and woodcutters have been languishing in Burmese jail since long terms.

The Bangladeshi nationals-woodcutters and fishermen- were arrested by Burmese security force with allegation of illegal entering into Burma territory and kept them in Buthidaung jail as there is no jail in Maungdaw now, said Halim, a human Rights Watchdog from Maungdaw.

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