Taungpyo, Maungdaw: Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) handed over 150 Bangladeshi rescued boatpeople to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Taungpyo border point after a flag meeting at Dekibania (Burma) on June 8, around 10:00 am, said BGB official.
Flag meeting for Boatpeople in Taungpyo, Maungdaw
Burma repatriates 150 Bangladeshis who were rescued from the Bay of Bengal by its navy on May 21. Burmese Navy rescued 208 boatpeople on that day while being trafficked into Malaysia. The rest (58) are believed to be Rohingyas, says a Border Guard Bangladesh official.
After the boatpeople were arriving to Taungbro temporary refugee camps, the local Rohingya people were forced to feed them by the authority, but the Burmese authorities announced that they have been feeding the boat people, supplying clothes and medicines, said a local elder on condition of anonymity.
But following verification by Bangladesh’s foreign and home ministries, only 150 were identified as citizens of Bangladesh, said Col Mohammad Khalequzzaman, BGB Sector commander of Cox’s Bazar.
In the latest incident, Burmese navy also seized another boat packed with 734 (611men, 72 women and 51 children) people off the country’s southern coast nearby Leik Island on May 29. After their rescue, many of the trafficking victims claimed that they were Bangladeshis, but Bangladesh was working to verify their nationalities. They were also brought to Taungbro temporary refugee camp on June 5.
Some 2,500 boatpeople are still believed to be drifting in the sea, according to regional migrants’ rights bodies.