Teknaf, Bangladesh: Myanmar Navy rescued 350 boatpeople from two floating fishing trawlers from its western coast, but, the boat had more than 350 boatpeople and authority show only 208 who claimed as Bengali – 200 people, 8 Rohingyas, and hiding another 142 Rohingyas , according to an official from Maungdaw.
The Maungdaw based INGOs were invited by Maungdaw high level officials to welcome receive the rescued boatpeople on May 21, but, they were informed to stay at Aley Than Kyaw, the boatpeople will arrive at 10:00pm, but arrived next day (May 22) at 11:00am. They boatpeople were landed at Ah Ngu Maw at night May 21, according to an official from Maungdaw.
Unconfirmed sources said, “The Maungdaw high level officers took 142 – people who claimed “Rohingya” were spread from the group and load in a truck, drove to the Buthidaung. The authority declared that there are no Burmese people in the boat, but most of the people are from Bangladesh.”
The authority also hided sailors who are believed to be Buddhist Bama from Kawthoung, Tanintharyi Division and Burmese flag boat – hired or organized by Special Branch Officer Aung Kyaw Thu stationed in Aley Than Kyaw and San Win, the officer of trafficking department of Maungdaw. They are posting before 2012 and didn’t transfer to other place as they had bribed huge amount to higher officer. The two officers main human trafficker from Maungdaw who manage and operate for sending Thailand and Malaysia by taking money from oppressed Rohingya community, according to Halim, a Human Rights watchdog from Maungdaw.
The Chief Minister Maung Maung Ohm of Rakhine state and other high level officers visited the temporary camp of Aley Than Kyaw on May 23.
The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Commander of Teknaf has sent a letter to Burma authorities concerned yesterday, sources in Coast Guard and the BGB said.
The Commander of BGB in Teknaf Lt Col Abu Zar told that they sent a letter to the Burmese authorities informing them that a high-powered team headed by the BGB’s Sector Commander of Cox’s Bazar will be sent to identify the Bangladeshi citizens and bring them back to the country.
“We have been informed through sources that the rescued Bangladeshis are staying in a Madrasa – religious school- compound of Aley Than Kyaw (Hassurata), Maungdaw south as a refugee camp. Maungdaw based INGOs;- UNHCR, WFP, MSF, Malteser and Local Burma health department officer are providing food to the boatpeople,” he said.
Zonal Commander (East Zone) of the Coast Guard Captain Shahidul Islam said that the Coast Guard was prepared to bring back the 208 Bangladeshis from Myanmar by four high-speed boats.
Meanwhile, there are reports of more Bangladeshi citizens at sea who are yet to be rescued by Myanmar authorities.
According to Captain Shahidul of the Coast Guard, 150 more Bangladeshis are floating in the sea are yet to be rescued. “We have been informed by seven persons who reached the country from the coast of Myanmar last week that 150 more Bangladeshis are floating in three boats in the coast of Myanmar.
“Though the Burmese government said, “The rescued boatpeople are all Bangladeshis, but Rohingya boatpeople are also included,” said a recently rescued boat people from Cox’s Bazar.
Rescued boatpeople- Bangladeshi, will send tomorrow to Taungpyo closed border of Gundom, Bangladesh to hand over the rescued people to Bangladesh official. Hopefully they will be arrive at Taungpyo at 11:00am, said an official who worked on this rescued people.
The UN Chief recently said he hoped regional nations would tackle the ‘root causes’ of the current exodus at a conference in Thailand on May 29. He also said he had been in recent discussions with regional leaders in Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar and urged a “very clear addressing of the root causes of this issue, why people are fleeing”.
About 3,500 boatpeople including Rohingyas and Bangladeshis were rescued or landed in Thailand, Indonesia and Maylaysia, but Aid group estimated thousands (more than 7,000) are adrift on vessels without food, water following a cracked down on human traffickers that prompted captains and crew members to abandon their boats.