Soldiers of Myanmar’s Army and Border Guard Police (BGP) have reportedly torched two houses abandoned by the Rohingyas in a village near the no man’s land at Tambru border point, adjacent to Bangladesh’s Konarpara, on Thursday late night.
The incident took place at around 11:10pm on Thursday, Dil Mohammad, a leader of Rohingya refugees living in the no man’s land, told the Dhaka Tribune. He mentioned that the army and BGP men allegedly torched three other Rohingya houses in the same area on this February 19.
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Residents had fled the houses after a military crackdown that started on August 25 last year. Myanmar military personnel were also seen building bunkers on their side at Tambru over the last few days.
A high official of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), requesting anonymity, said: “The Myanmar Army has been showing an aggressive attitude and shooting at the Rohingyas sheltered along the border.”
“They are using these threatening tactics to scare the displaced people just before the repatriation process,” he added.
After the Myanmar army crackdown in Rakhine began, thousands of members of the Rohingya minority were killed and numerous villages in the state torched by Myanmar security forces and Mogh extremists.
Since then, over 6,500 Rohingya people from Tambru, Medipara, Raimongkhali, Deybuinna, Laipuiya, Ponduiya, Khuyangcipong villages and Maungdaw’s Panirchora have moved to the Tambru no man’s land area and had been living there.
The Rohingyas at Tambru have launched protests against the repatriation process, demanding that security and their rights be guaranteed by the Myanmar government beforehand.
They also demanded the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in Rakhine state’s Rohingya majority areas and recognition of the Rohingyas as citizens of Myanmar.
They further asked for international organizations and media to be engaged in the repatriation process and monitor the overall situation, along with the full implementation of the recommendations made in the report by the Kofi Anan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and the five-point proposal by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.