Burma Times Correspondent: June 26, 2015
BGP handed over the captured Bangladesh soldier following a flag meeting with Border Guard Bangladesh on Thursday.
The soldier Abdur Razzaq was taken in the Naaf river as he along with two other soldiers were hunting for yaba smugglers last Wednesday. Three other Border Guard Bangladesh soldiers were backing up the team when a bigger BGP force launched the operation, injuring one soldier and taking Razzaq hostage.
The freed soldier told Bangladesh media that he was fine but did not respond to queries on whether he was tortured in BGP custody.
Images of the Bangladeshi soldier tied up and bleeding from the nose appeared in Burmese social media with nationalists celebrating capture of an enemy soldier.
In a press conference held following his release, Border Guard Bangladesh hinted that BGP launched the operation to take revenge for yaba seizures.
Our sources confirm that many influential people in the country are unhappy with the crackdown on yaba tablets. See http://burmatimes.net/government-backed-syndicates-unhappy-with-bangladesh-yaba-crackdown/
At this point, it is nevertheless difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for kidnapping the Bangladesh soldier.