Though tension prevails on Burma Border, Border forces to meet

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Amid tension along the Bangladesh-Burma border in Bandarban district, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will hold a sector commander-level flag meeting with their Burma’s counterpart at Maungdaw today, according to BGB official.

Cox’s Bazar sector Commander of BGB Col Farid Hasan will lead a delegation of 20-22 members at the meeting. Bangladesh team will raise the issue of Burma’s police (Hluntin) unprovoked attack on a BGB patrol team on May 28, killing a BGB member.

Planning ways to ease tension along the border and smuggling of narcotics are also on the agenda of BGB, said Maj Mifthaur Rahman, second-in-command of BGB 17 Battalion of Cox’s Bazar.

A tense situation has been prevailing along the Burma- Bangladesh border since May 28, after killing a BGB member. The Burma’s police had also taken away the dead body intruding into Bangladesh territory.

On May 30, Burma’s Hluntin police attacked another BGB team when it reached the border searching for the dead body of Mezanur. Therefore, a gun battle then took place between the two sides.

However, Burma’s authority finally handed over BGB officer’s body to BGB the following day as the foreign ministry summoned the Burma ambassador in Bangladesh twice demanding the body and withdrawal of the army Burma had deployed along the border, according to BGB official.

After the May 28 incident, Burma deployed army to stand guard with its border police along its border with Bangladesh while BGB called for reinforcement with heavy weapons.
Meanwhile, 40 to 50 families from four bordering villages have not yet returned to their houses. They fled the villages hearing firing of mortar shells and gunshots in Burma across the border in Naikkhangchhari, according to border villagers.

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