Burma Times Correspondent: April 18, 2015
Robbers seized everything from a group of 21 Rohingya refugees as they crossed over into Bangladesh.
The group of ten men, eight women and three children were entering Bangladesh through the remote island of Shahpuri Deep on Friday morning when robbers stopped them at around 5.30 am.
The victims lost their entire lives savings which they had accumulated painstakingly to build a new life in India.
Afterwards they went to their friends and relatives living in Teknaf and the Leda refugee camp.
Robbery has increased after the Bangladesh Border Guards asked local Bengali villagers to form vigilante groups for intercepting Rohingyas. This has functioned as a blank cheque to commit robberies on Rohingya Muslim refugees crossing the border.
Bangladesh Border Guards push back 24 refugees
In a separate incident, Bangladesh Border Guards intercepted 24 Rohingya refugees at Gundum and Taimbru at around 6 am on Tuesday morning.
They were pushed back at around 8.45pm.