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Largest return of Bangladeshi citizens from Myanmar takes place

  • They were in different prisons in Myanmar
  • Among them, 29 were pardoned, rest completed jail term
Update : 24 Apr 2024, 01:54 PM

The largest return of Bangladeshi citizens from Myanmar is taking place as 173 nationals started for home on Tuesday from Sittwe prison in Rakhine State of Myanmar.

They are coming by the “Myanmar Naval Ship Chin Dwin” which is visiting Bangladesh to bring back members of the Myanmar defence force who were forced to cross the border into Bangladesh due to conflict in Rakhine state.

The ship is expected to reach the Bangladesh territory by Wednesday and handover of the Bangladeshi citizens to the relevant authorities will take place at that time, the Bangladesh embassy in Myanmar said.

Out of the 173 persons, 129 are from Cox's Bazar district, 30 are from Bandarban district, seven are from Rangamati district, one each from Khagrachari district, Noakhali district, Narayanganj district, Chittagong district, Rajbari district, Narshingdi district and Nilphamari district.

The Bangladesh Embassy took the measures after knowing the tentative visit of the Myanmar ship to Bangladesh.

The embassy took up the issue with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs of Bangladesh and relevant Myanmar authorities to seize the opportunity to send back the maximum number of verified Bangladeshi Nationals who were in different prisons in Myanmar.

The embassy also pursued the relevant host authorities to bring the 144 “verified and jail term completed or pardoned” returnees in Sittwe prison for smooth return and pursued for releasing the 29 verified Bangladeshi nationals who were still serving their jail terms or under trial.

Pursuant to the mission's efforts the 29 persons were pardoned and sent back to Bangladesh, the embassy said.

“The Bangladesh Embassy in Yangon and Bangladesh Consulate in Sittwe has been working steadfastly for this return since the last return of Bangladeshi citizens that took place on October 3, 2023 when 29 Bangladeshis returned home through a flag meeting.”

Representatives of the Bangladesh Embassy in Yangon and the Bangladesh Consulate, Sittwe were physically present to coordinate with the local authorities, conduct the verification process and issue Travel Permits in favour of the returnees.

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