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Dhaka Tribune

13 illegal migration seekers rescued in the Bay

Update : 18 May 2015, 07:43 PM

Law enforcers yesterday rescued a total of 13 Bangladeshis in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar and in the Bay of Bengal near the Saint Martin’s Island.

All these people are aspiring immigrants looking to sneak into Malaysia illegally, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent.

Lt Abujar Al Zahid, commander of Teknaf 42 BGB battalion, said a group of cattle traders saw six Bangladeshis when their boat was passing the Merulla area in Myanmar around noon. The traders then rescued these Bangladeshis and brought them to the Shah Parir Dwip jetty where BGB members took them into custody.

Those rescued are Md Shahin Miah, 24, and Md Zahidul Islam, 30, from Narsingdi; Md Jasim Uddin, 19, from Joypurhat; Md Faruq Hossain, 27, and Md Musa, 19, from Chittagong. The identity of the sixth person could not be known immediately.

Earlier, around 4am, Coast Guard personnel rescued seven Bangladeshi nationals off the Myanmar coast after they were thrown from a fishing trawler packed with migrants heading to Malaysia.

Lt Shahid Hossain Chowdhury, Coast Guard station commander in Teknaf, said the members of his force were on a routine patrol when they found the Bangladeshis floating aimlessly on a boat near the Saint Martin’s Island.

The rescued seven are Shahdat Hossain, 35, from Joypurhat; Alauddin, 24, and Mamun Molla, 19, from Jhenidah; Jasim Munshi, 35, Idris, 20, Ismail Hossain, 35, and Imran Ali, 22, from Sirajganj. They have all been kept in the custody of the Saint Martin’s unit of Coast Guard.

Meanwhile, in a press released issued yesterday, Bangladesh Navy said they had also detained two alleged human traffickers named Shaid Gazi from Jhenidah and Wadud from Sirajganj along with these seven.

Thousands of poor Bangladeshis and Rohingyas from Myanmar attempt the perilous journey to Malaysia and other Southeast Asian nations every year.

Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have sparked outrage by turning away some overloaded vessels, and thousands of migrants are still believed to be stranded at sea after a Thai crackdown disrupted long-established people-smuggling routes.

Nearly 3,000 migrants have swum to shore or been rescued off the three nations over the past week.

Bangladesh’s police and border forces have also launched a crackdown on the smugglers. 

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