At least 63 refugees pushed back in two days
Burma Times Correspondent: January 28, 2015
40 pushed back from Shahpuri Deep
40 Rohingyas trying to enter Bangladesh have been pushed back into Burmese territory by Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) on January 23 at Shahpuri Deep.
BGB 42 battalion under the command of Lt. Col Md Abul al Zahid intercepted the 40 Rohingyas at around 8 pm as they entered Bangladesh territory in the dark.
At around 10.40 pm, the BGB team pushed them back into Burma.
There were 4 children, 12 women and 24 men in the group of refugees.
23 pushed back from Dhumdhum
Meanwhile on January 25, the same BGB team pushed back a group of 23 Rohingya refugees at around 9 pm in the night.
There were 14 men, 8 women and one child in this party.
Muslim refugees not welcome in Bangladesh
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 less than a million.