31 Rohingya ‘taken back’ by BSF after attempt to enter Bangladesh

Thirty-one Rohingya refugees, who were waiting to enter Bangladesh from India, have gone back after spending four days near the border at Brahmanbaria’s Kasba.

Brahmanbaria Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 22 Jan 2019, 07:52 AM
Updated : 22 Jan 2019, 11:29 AM

The group comprising eight men, six women and 17 children were taken back by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) around 7am Tuesday, said Lt Col Muhammad Golam Kabir, chief of the 25th BGB Battalion.

“The BSF has not talked to us about the decision to take them back,” he told bdnews24.com.

The Rohingya, a minority Muslim community subjected to persecution in Myanmar, live as refugees in various parts of the world, with the largest group living in Bangladesh. Over a million Rohingya are living in camps in the southeast district of Cox’s Bazar.

After learning of reports that BSF was trying to push the group of 13 refugees to Bangladesh, the BGB took measures to stop any attempts of entry through the Kasba border.

As a result, the Rohingya nationals spent four day on a field at the Zero Point in Kaziatoli village of Kasba’s Gopinathpur Union.

On Monday, the BSF troopers were seen supplying the families with tents and food. Border guards of India and Bangladesh met several times over the issue, but could not reach a solution. 

Gopinathpur Union Council Chairman SM Mannan had earlier told journalists that BSF was trying to push the Rohingya group into Bangladesh.

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