BGB sends back 171 Rohingya refugees

BGB sends back 171 Rohingya refugees
Rohingya refugees sit by a road in Kutupalong area of Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar after entering Bangladesh through a border point on August 28, 2017. Hundreds of Rohingya refugees continue to enter the country through unguarded border points. Photo: Anisur Rahman

As hundreds of Rohingyas continue to enter Bangladesh through different unguarded border points of Ukhia, Teknaf and Naikhyangchhari in last two days, Border Guard Bangladesh today detained 171 Rohingya refugees and sent them back.

They were detained from different border points when they were trying to illegally enter the country, our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports quoting Director of BGB Teknaf Battalion-2 Lt Col SM Ariful Islam.

BGB provided the Rohingya refugees with some food and medication before sending them back, the official said.

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Meanwhile, police detained 75 Rohingya refugees near Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila since last night when they were trying to illegally enter the camp, the correspondent reports quoting Officer-in-charge of Ukhiya Police Station Md Abul Khair.

They were later handed over to BGB’s Battalion-34, the police official said.

Many hundreds more also took shelter on no man’s land after failing to cross the border since the last two days.

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Although BGB and the local administration denied entry to Rohingyas, residents and elected representatives in those areas said refugees were coming through six unprotected points.

Bangladesh saw a fresh exodus of refugees after at least 89 people were killed as Rohingya militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar on August 25.
SOURCE: The Daily Star