Eight families have left their shelter in Bandarban’s Ruma area
A number of refugees from Myanmar sheltered in Bandarban’s Ruma upazila have returned to their own country.
Local sources in Chaikkhangpara, a village under Prangsha union in Remakri area of Ruma, said 28 people from eight families, out of a total of 38 families that sought refuge, went back across the border on Monday.
The others are also preparing to go back home, the sources said.
The refugees, mostly families with children belonging to various ethnic communities in the neighbouring country, came to the border area in two groups, on February 4 and 6.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Sector Commander Colonel Jahirul Haque Khan said: “They waited to enter Bangladesh outside the Ruma border, but turned back after BGB’s vigilance prevented them from entering.”
According to official sources, there were 160 refugees, but locals said there were 203 persons. They belong to the Rakhine, Khumi and Khaw communities of Myanmar.
Redakshey, 35, from Chin State’s Paletwa district, who came to Bandarban with his wife and three sons, said: “We will go back to our country when the situation is a little calmer.”
On Sunday, CHT Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing said that no refugees will be allowed in the hill tracts. He was speaking at a district law and order meeting at the Bandarban deputy commissioner’s office.
Bandarban Deputy Commissioner Md Daud-ul Islam said he did not have any further information about the matter at present.
The Dhaka Tribune previously reported that a Rakhine insurgent group, known as Arakan Army, had brought the refugees to Bangladesh.
On February 4, the Arakan Army brought 163 Buddhist refugees from Myanmar's Chin State. Two days later, the group transported 40 more people.