10 boat-people held while going to Malaysia

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Members of Bangladesh Coastguard detained 10 people –possibly traffickers or boat drivers of Burma – from the Bay of Bengal near Saint Martin’s Island while going to Malaysia with rickety boat on May 20, according to official of Coastguard of Saint Martin.
They also arrested four traffickers (agents) namely—Zabet Hussain (28), Gura Meah  (35), Mohamed Anwar (29), and Mohamed Shahin (28) and seized two trawlers during the raid. They all belong to Teknaf upazila under Safran union, coastguard sources said.

Lt. Col Harun-ur-Rashid, coastguard  commander of Saint Martin’s Island, said a patrol team of coastguard intercepted two trawlers with passengers aboard on the Bay, about 8km off the island, at around 4:00am.

“As the people on board the trawlers were going to Malaysia without valid documents,” Commander Harun added.

The arrestees are in interrogation cell for investigation said Dildarul Alam, the  Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the Teknaf police .

He further said that a case was filed against the citizens of Burma and the traffickers with the police station.

According to the local people, one coastguard personnel and three boat people (traffickers) were wounded while fighting was occurred between coastguards and traffickers. The wounded coastguard Hassan has been taking treatment at Teknaf Hospital while three wounded traffickers or boat-people were sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for medical treatment.

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