Dhaka –Border guard troopers have beefed up security on southeastern frontier as Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine state trying to cross into Bangladesh, officials said.
Paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh troopers surrounded at least 200 Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh territory at Ghumdum border point of Naikkhangchhari sub-district Sunday as the guards were asked not to allow them into Bangladesh, said SM Sarwar Kamal, chief of Upazila administration.
Thousands others gathered on the zero line of the border as sounds of gunfire were heard from other side of the border, the official said.
He said the head of the BGB Major General Abul Hossain and senior officials the district administration visited the spot and asked the troopers to remain alert against any intrusion.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled their homes after violence killed more than 90 people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Burmese government said that its security forces launched counter offensive after Rohingya militants attacked more than 30 police posts.
Local people said nearly 500 Rohingya who had been waiting on the zero line crossed into Bangladesh in the dead of night. They were heading towards Kutupalong camps, where tens of thousands of unregistered refugees have been living for years in squalid conditions.
More than 85,000 Rohingya refugees entered Bangladesh last year as Myanmar army launched an anti-insurgency campaign following an attack on a police post in October.
The army was accused of rape, torture, arson attack and other forms of crimes against humanity against the minority Muslim group in the Buddhist-majority country.
An inquiry commission headed by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan recommended recognition of the Rohingya ethnicity in Myanmar. But the fresh round of violence flared up on Thursday, the day the commission released its report.
Bangladesh says more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims drive away from their homes in Myanmar have crossed into Bangladesh and are living in the camps for decades.