Burma Times Correspondent: February 12, 2015
Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) pushed back 43 Rohingya refugees trying to enter Bangladesh territory at Taimbru and Gondum on Monday.
BGB 17 battalion under the command of Lt. Col Saiful Islam intercepted 24 Rohingyas at around 5.30 am as they entered Bangladesh territory. The BGB seized belongings which they had brought for their relatives in the area.
A further 19 Rohingyas were arrested at Gondum at around 1pm.
At around 9 pm, the BGB team pushed them back into Burma.
Neighbouring Bangladesh has traditionally been the main entry point for Muslim refugees escaping persecution at home.
Rights activists say that Bangladesh is flouting international law by not accepting refugees who are escaping persecution.
Bangladesh says that because of population pressure, it cannot accept any more refugees from the neighbouring country.
Despite strict border controls, desperate Rohingya refugees enter Bangladesh almost every day especially during the winter season when the generally rough seas are a bit calmer.
At least 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to the neighbouring country following brutal persecution in Arakan where the present population is now estimated at a million. toki time video slot