Burma Times Correspondent: March 18, 2015
Bangladesh Border Guards officials organised a meeting at Gundum near the Burmese border on Monday, according to our correspondent.
The meeting that started on around 9am in the morning focused on mobilising local villagers against the entry of Burma’s persecuted Muslim population into Bangladesh territory.
The BGB team was headed by Colonel Khalekuzzaman. He asked the local villagers to help BGB intercept Rohingya Muslims trying to enter Bangladesh territory. He said that even if BGB deployed in maximum strength across the border, they would not be able to stop refugees from entering Bangladesh. As a result the participation of local villagers in preventing Rohingya refugees is vital.
The Colonel also expressed alarm that Rohingya students were becoming involved in anti state activities and it was necessary to cut them off.
Anti Rohingya sentiment is strong among many quarters in Bangladesh. The past few days have also seen increased co-operation between Rakhine nationalists on both sides of the border who pledged to influence the Bangladesh government and media to work against the interests of Burmese Muslims.