Intelligence agency urges BD government to monitor internal situation of Burma
Burma Times Desk Report: March 13, 2015
Bangladesh intelligence agencies have expressed serious concerns on the potential for violence in neighbouring Arakan and its subsequent effect on Bangladesh, according to Bangladesh daily Amader Shomoy.
The newspaper says that in this regard, an unnamed intelligence agency has prepared a report for the country’s home ministry. The report says that the Burmese government is preparing to withdraw identity cards from Rohingya Muslims known as the white card. As a result they will become completely stateless in the future. Under such circumstances, they will have little choice but to leave the country. Their most convenient escape owing to geographical realities will be Bangladesh, the report said.
The Bangladesh intelligence report also says that there might be communal violence as the government of Burma withdraws the white card. Such a situation would inevitably lead to a massive influx of refugees and the Bangladesh government needed to take steps to prevent the eventuality. The report also recommends that the government of Bangladesh be vigilant concerning the volatile internal situation of Arakan.
The report also mentions that Rohingya Muslims are living in a state of fear following the government decision to withdraw white cards.
Meanwhile the Bangladesh Border Guards said that they had increased vigilance across the border as an increasing number of Rohingyas seemed determined to enter Bangladesh amidst renewed tensions in the region.