Dhaka – Bangladeshi guards have sent seven boat-loads of Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar as they tried to cross the bordering Naf River, officials said on Tuesday.
Border Guard Bangladesh troopers, put on alert on Bangladesh-Myanmar frontiers, also sent back 26 other Rohingyas who tried to cross the border at different points.
Persecuted by Myanmar army, the minority Muslims people in Rakhine state of Buddhist-majority country has been trying to enter Bangladesh ever since the Myanmar military launched the counter-insurgency sweep in October.
At least 100 people were killed in the sweeps and more than 30,000 Rohingya Muslims rendered homeless as the military have allegedly torched homes, raped women and tortured the minority people.
BGB commander in Ukhiya frontier Lieutenant Colonel Imran Ullah Sarker said the troopers have detained 26 persons and sent them back across the border to Myanmar.
“The troopers are put on alert to offset any attempt of infiltration,” he said adding that seven boats were also prevented on the Naf River that separated Bangladesh and Myanmar.