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Trawler capsize: Bodies of 2 more Rohingyas found in St Martin's Island

  • Published at 12:35 pm February 17th, 2020
trawler carrying Rohingyas capsizes in Bay
File photo: Rescued individuals from the trawler which capsized near Saint Martin's Island in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Collected

Police have already arrested nine among 19 alleged brokers in connection to the case

Bangladesh Coast Guard has recovered bodies of two more Rohingyas, who went missing as a trawler en-route to Malaysia carrying Rohingyas capsized near Saint Martin's Island on February 11.

The bodies were found floating on a beach of Pashchim Para area in Saint Martin's Island around 9am on Monday.

The death toll now stands at 21.

Rescued individuals from the trawler, believed to carry dozens of Rohingyas, which capsized near Saint Martin's Island in the Bay of Bengal on February 11, 2020 | Dhaka TribuneTeknaf Coast Guard Commander Lt Rahat Imtiaz said: "On information, we recovered the bodies of the two Rohingya men, which have already decomposed."

"Earlier, we recovered 19 other bodies and more people are still missing."

On February 11, the trawler, presumed to be carrying 138 people, sailed for Malaysia from the Noakalia Para coastal region under Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar around 3am, and sank 3 nautical miles off the island in the Bay of Bengal later.

At least 15 bodies were recovered on the same day and 73 others were rescued alive.

The coast guard has filed a case against 19 alleged brokers in this regard and nine of them have been already arrested by police.