Dhaka – Bangladeshi border guards have sent back as many as 37 Rohingya Muslims who attempted to cross the border as they face persecution in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, officials said Tuesday.
The coastguard, put on alert in south-eastern bordering district of Cox’s Bazar, also prevented boat-loads of Rohingya in the Naf River that separated Bangladesh from Myanmar.
Border Guard Bangladesh officer Imran Ullah Khan said his company troopers turned back at least 37 Rohingya Muslims until Tuesday morning while they were attempting to enter the country through Ukhia border.
Ten of them are male, 14 female and 13 children were sent back after giving them some humanitarian aids, said the officer.
Border Guard Bangladesh officer Captain Abuzar Al Jahid said that seven boats which were carrying at 60 to 70 people were also prevented from anchoring on Bangladesh territory until Tuesday morning.
On Saturday, the BGB personnel sent back more than 60 Rohingya Muslims who attempted to cross the border through the borders along the Naf River.
BGB troopers have earlier pushed more than 400 Rohingyas back to Myanmar as they attempted crossing different border points in the past week as Myanmar army launched a counter-insurgency operation in Rakhine State.
More than 100 Rohingya Muslims were reportedly killed in the Myanmar’s counter-insurgency sweeps.
Bangladesh is burdened with nearly 29,000 Rohingya who have been documented as refugees, have been living in two squalid camps in Cox’s Bazar since the 1990s after they were driven out of Myanmar.
The number of undocumented Rohingya living in Bangladesh is estimated to be between 200,000 and 500,000.