Locals report calm along border with Myanmar

Online Desk: The sound of bullets and mortar shells from Myanmar’s Rakhine state is no longer reaching Bangladesh.

Residents along the border have reported that there was no sound of gunfire at Shapuree Island border of Teknaf’s Sabrang Union in Cox’s Bazar since Monday morning.

However, the sound of gunfire was heard on the Hoikang border on Sunday night, according to Muhammad Alam, a UP member of Ward No 8 of the Hoikong Union Parishad in Teknaf.

He said: “The sound of gunfire was heard on the border of Kharankhali last (Sunday) night. But since morning until 3pm, no gunfire was heard. Now that I am in the border area, people are being asked to be alert.”

Meanwhile, from Sunday until 3pm on Monday, the people of Shahpari Island border in Teknaf said that no shelling occurred.

Resident of Shapuree Island Md Salim mentioned that no gunfire was heard from Myanmar since morning. Despite the border being relatively normal, movement to the island is still restricted.

Abdus Salam, UP member of Shapuree Island Ward No 9, said that no gunshots were heard from Sunday until the next day. The Naf River is quite calm, and besides, BGB and Coast Guard members have intensified patrolling in the Naf river border.

Meanwhile, Rohingyas are still attempting to infiltrate from Myanmar.

On Thursday, BGB sent back nine Rohingyas during an attempted infiltration.

Earlier this month, around 400 Rohingyas were sent back by law and order forces at the border.

Bangladesh Coast Guard, Chittagong East Zone media officer Lt Tahsin Rahman said that the border is much calmer than before. However, they continue to patrol the Naf River, and they have already repelled over 200 Rohingya infiltrators from Myanmar.

Source: http://Dhaka Tribune

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