Burma Times Correspondent: March 27, 2015
Bangladesh villagers have robbed Rohingya refugees and severely beaten up one of them as they tried to cross over into their country, according to our correspondent.
On Wednesday morning, 15 Rohingya refugees were intercepted by locals in Gundum. The locals robbed them of their belongings. When one man, an ulcer patient who hoped to get treatment in Bangladesh refused to give up, he was severely beaten.
They were then handed over to Bangladesh Border Guards who pushed them back into Burmese territory.
Bangladesh Border Guards also intercepted 36 refugees at around the same time. They were also pushed back.
Last week, Bangladesh Border Guards officials requested local villagers to form vigilante groups to intercept refugees trying to escape Burma.