Bangladesh turns away Rohingya boat at border


PV Desk : A boat carrying members of the Rohingya minority has been turned away as it attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh.
The boat was attempting the crossing from Myanmar to Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday, days after military action in Rakhine state.
“Thirty-one Rohingyas were attempting to enter the country illegally and were sent back,” said Lt SM Kabir Hossain, commander of Shah Parir Dwip Station Coastguard Contingent. There were nine women and 22 men aboard.
The Coastguard has stepped up surveillance and patrols at the border, according to Hossain.
“There has been an increase of military activity in Myanmar’s border areas of Mongdu, Buchidong and Rachidong in the past few weeks,” BGB Teknaf-2 Battalion Commander Lt Col SM Ariful Islam said on Aug 8.