Burma Times Correspondent: February 08, 2015
Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) pushed back 18 Rohingya refugees trying to enter Bangladesh territory on Friday at Shahpur Deep.
BGB 42 battalion under the command of Lt. Col Md Abul al Zahid intercepted the 18 Rohingyas at around 6 am as they entered Bangladesh territory.
At around 9 pm, the BGB team pushed them back into Burma.
There were 3 children, 7 women and 8 men in the group of refugees.
On the same day, the BGB team intercepted another group of 18 refugees at Jadimura at around 5 am.
They were pushed back at 8.30 am.
There were 1 child, 4 women and 13 men in the group.
Neighbouring Bangladesh has traditionally been the main entry point for Muslim refugees escaping persecution at home.
Rights activists say that Bangladesh is flouting international law by not accepting refugees who are escaping persecution.
Bangladesh says that because of population pressure, it cannot accept any more refugees from the neighbouring country.
Despite strict border controls, desperate Rohingya refugees enter Bangladesh almost every day especially during the winter season when the generally rough seas are a bit calmer.
At least 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to the neighbouring country following brutal persecution in Arakan where the present population is now estimated at a million.