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RAB DG: Myanmar trying to wage war against Bangladesh

  • The situation handled due to strong attitude of PM’
  • Now going to war means the end of the country, says RAB DG 
  • ‘Myanmar is always instigating Bangladesh starting from intrusion of Rohingya people’
Update : 24 Feb 2024, 10:11 PM

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General (DG) M Khurshid Hossain on Saturday said that the Myanmar junta has long been trying to wage a war against Bangladesh by employing various tactics.

“Myanmar is always instigating Bangladesh, starting from the intrusion of Rohingya people. However, the situation was handled due to the strong attitude of the prime minister,” he said. 

The RAB DG was speaking as  chief guest at an event in Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj on Saturday.

“Now going to war means the end of the country. Myanmar now has a military government. They are at war with the Arakan Army. So they want to make trouble with Bangladesh taking advantage of the situation,” M Khurshid Hossain said.

Mentioning Myanmar as the main route of drug smuggling in Bangladesh, the RAB DG said that it is now being done for political purposes.

“Drugs are now coming more by air, by sea and from Myanmar. It is being sent in a planned way. We have already spread the net, the biggest gangster of Myanmar in the net now, we will be able to do something now,” said the RAB official.

Drug control is a big challenge now. The Myanmar route will be closed at any cost. Drugs are the biggest business in Bangladesh; anyone can be rich overnight through drug trading. There are drug addicts and drug traders in various forces of the country. It is not possible for a single force to eliminate drugs, said M Khurshid Hossain. 

“To eliminate drugs, we all have to build a social movement,” he said further.

In the wake of clashes between government forces and the Arakan Army in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the sound of gunfire rattled the Shapuree Dwip in Bangladesh on Saturday.

People living on the island spent a sleepless night once again as heavy gunfire was heard from 9pm till midnight on Saturday. 

Since early February, tension has also gripped locals in Naikhongchhari Upazila of Bandarban. 

Several mortar shells fell inside the Bangladesh border, resulting in two deaths and injuries to many more. 

After that, Bangladesh summoned the Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Aung Kyaw Moe to protest the casualties due to Myanmar's internal conflicts.

The Bangladesh ambassador in Yangon, Dr Md Monwar Hossain, also met Myanmar's foreign minister to discuss the issue.

Additionally, 23 Myanmar nationals were arrested for illegal entry into Bangladesh amid the clashes that also put the Border Guard Bangladesh on high alert.

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