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Dhaka Tribune

288 Myanmar nationals sent back from Bangladesh

  • 261 are members of BGP
  • 330 others were repatriated on February 16
Update : 25 Apr 2024, 06:18 PM

In a coordinated early morning operation on Thursday, Bangladesh repatriated 288 Myanmar nationals who had sought refuge across the border.

Among them, 261 are members of the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP),and the rest include members from the army and immigration units.

According to police and district administration sources, 285 Myanmar nationals were first brought to a BIWTA jetty on the Bakkhali River in Cox's Bazar town by bus from Naikongchhari Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Battalion around 4am on Thursday.

From there, they were taken to a Myanmar Navy ship stationed in the Bay of Bengal by a Bangladesh Navy ship at 6:30am. 

BGB Public Relations Officer Shariful Islam confirmed the matter. 

The repatriation involved a carefully staged handover of the individuals to the Myanmar BGP.

The decision followed detailed discussions between representatives of the BGB and BGP, culminating in the formal handover at the BIWTA ghat.

Before the handover, Myanmar officials confirmed the identities and checked the documentation of all returnees.

This incident marks the second recent repatriation of Myanmar personnel to their homeland, following the February 16 return of 330 officials, including BGP members, army personnel and customs officials, under stringent security measures.

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