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Dhaka Tribune

12 more BGP members take shelter in Bangladesh

  • BGP members disarmed
  • Nine BGP members entered Bangladesh on Sunday
  • Five more entered on Monday
Update : 16 Apr 2024, 07:17 PM

Twelve more members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police (BGP) have taken shelter in Bangladesh.

They entered Bangladesh through Ashartali of Naikhongchhari sadar union parishad, Reju border of Jamchhari and Ghumdhum UPs on Tuesday morning.

These BGP members took refuge in Bangladesh because they could not survive the ongoing war between the government junta forces and the rebels inside Myanmar.

They have been disarmed and placed under the supervision of the BGB.

Naikhongchhari Sadar UP Chairman Nurul Abshar Imon said that 10 BGP members crossed through Ward No 8 of Jamchari border and took refuge in Bangladesh. They have been kept under the custody of the BGB.

Babul Kanti Chakma, a member of Ghumdhum UP said that two  BGP members have taken refuge in Bangladesh through the border of Fatrajhiri Reju Amtali Para of his ward. 

BGB Public Relations Officer Shariful Islam confirmed the matter that 12 BGP members took shelter.

With this, a total of 28 officials have sought refuge inside Bangladesh in the last three days.

Two army personnel among them crossed the Baishfari border in Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban on Monday afternoon. On Sunday, 14 members of BGP sought refuge after fleeing through the Teknaf border in Cox's Bazar.

All 28 individuals are currently being held in 11 BGB custody at Naikhongchhari headquarters.

Meanwhile, since the day of Eid, there has been intense fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine state between the junta government forces and the armed group Arakan Army. 

The residents of Cox's Bazar's Teknaf, bordering Myanmar, continue to live in fear due to the loud sounds of mortar shells and explosions from the other side.

On March 11, around 179 members of Myanmar's BGP fled to Bangladesh through the Naikhongchhari's Jamchhari border and are currently at the Naikhongchhari BGB battalion. The process of repatriating them to Myanmar is ongoing. 

Conflicts began between the Arakan Army and Myanmar’s border guard force, BGP, across the border in Naikhongchhari on February 2. 

Following this, from February 4, some 7,330 people fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar. Among them, 302 were BGP members, four were family members of BGP personnel, two were army members, 18 were immigration officials, and four were civilians. They were formally repatriated on February 15.

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