33 residents of Myanmar who floated in Saint Martin returned to their homeland


Two members of BGP and 33 citizens of Myanmar, including women, men and children, who floated to St. Martin with a boat in hostile weather, have returned to their homeland.

Early on Friday (July 5) the boat reached Saint Martin Island after its engine broke down in rough weather while sailing from Maungdoo in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to the other cities of Sitay and Akyab. There BGB took them into custody. Later, when the engine of the boat was started, around 5 pm on the same day, 33 citizens of Myanmar, including two members of the BGP, returned to their homeland, confirmed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Subedar Sanwar Hossain, who is in charge of St. Martin Island.

According to sources, 33 people, including BGP members, were going to another city by sea to escape the ongoing conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine. As the sea was rough, the boat’s engine broke down and it drifted to the island of Saint Martin. Later, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members disarmed the two BGP members and took the Rohingyas with them into custody.

33 residents of Myanmar who floated in Saint Martin returned to their homeland

Chairman of Saint Martin’s Union Parishad, Mujibur Rahman said, the Teknaf border of Cox’s Bazar has been shaking again for a week due to the explosion of mortar shells fired in the clash in Mongdu town of Rakhine. It is also raining heavily. In such a situation, a trawler loaded with 33 people floated from Maungdoo to Saint Martin Island early Friday morning to save lives. Among the passengers in that trawler were two armed members of the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) and 31 Rohingya men, women and children. BGB members took 33 Myanmar nationals into their custody after learning about the matter.

Teknaf upazila executive officer (UNO). Adnan Chowdhury said that he heard that a trawler loaded with 33 citizens of Myanmar, including two members of the Myanmar Border Guard Force, had arrived at Saint Martin Island. I also learned that they returned to Myanmar in the afternoon. BGB and Coast Guard personnel have been beefed up along the border and Naf River to prevent further infiltration into Myanmar’s conflict situation.

Syed Alamgir/FA/ASM