Chittagong/Cox's Bazar, Jun 13 (bdnews24.com)— As many as 114 Rohingyas fleeing ethnic violence at Myanmar's Rakhine province were arrested as they tried to intrude into Bangladesh.
Border Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Coast Guard officials said the arrests were made until 7am on Wednesday as the Rohingyas travelling in trawlers tried to get down at Shah Porir Dwip and Char Badar Mukab in Saint Martin's Island since early morning.
After confirming the arrest, Deputy Commander of BGB's 44 Battalion Major Shafiqur Rahman said that 30 of the arrestees were sent back across the border.
He said the others would be deported in the same trawler they rode in to reach Bangladesh during tide hours.
Rohingyas, predominantly Muslim community from Arakan state in Myanmar, have been trying to take refuge in Bangladesh after a riot broke out between Buddhist Rakhine and Islamist Rohingyas at Mongdu district in Rakhine province last Friday.
The United Nation's High Commission for Refugees has already called upon the government of Bangladesh for providing Rohingyas shelter.
However, the Bangladesh government already facing a crisis with nearly 500, 000 of Rohingyas refugees, who had entered the country over the last two decades following riots, refused to entertain the request.
The government has also put its law enforcing agencies and border guards on alert to prevent Rohingyas from intruding into the country.
Besides intensifying their patrol along land border, BGB are also patrolling Naaf river that separates the two countries, in speed boats. They have already sent back several boats found carrying Rohingyas.
But locals believe those sent back did not return home and were waiting afloat to get the appropriate opportunity for intrusion. BGB's 42 Battalion officer Maj Kamrul Hasan told journalists that they were staying vigilant.
Communications between Bangladesh and Myanmar was almost cut off after the riot had broken out.
Immigration officer at Teknaf Immigration office Abdul Qadir told reporters that about 50 Bangladeshi businessmen and tourists had been trapped inside Myanmar and eight of them were still there while the rest managed to get back home.
Over 200 Myanmar nationals were inside Bangladesh at the time the riot had started and 59 of them could not go back home until now, he added.
Of the Rohingya refugees who already entered the country, about 25,000 are currently living at a refugee camp at Teknaf while many others had scattered across the country.
The Myanmar government did not respond to a call the Bangladesh government made on Sunday for taking back its citizens.
Allegations have it that Rohingya refugees, who are leading an inhuman life, are largely involved in criminal activities in Bangladesh.