18 more pushed back from Bangladesh
Burma Times Correspondent: March 10, 2015
Bangladesh Border Guards arrested 18 Rohingya Muslims trying to cross over into Bangladesh territory on Monday at Jaila para, Teknaf, according to our correspondent.
There were women and children in the group. When the BGB asked them why they were trying to enter the country with their families, the refugees said they wanted to save the lives of their children.
They said that armed cadres belonging to Rakhine nationalist groups were training near their villages in Maungdaw and Buthidaung with automatic weapons. There was a possibility that they would launch an attack anytime. The government of Burma seemed to be fully aware of the development and seemed to be helping them.
The refugees also appeared concerned by the government decision to withdraw the white card by the end of this month. There are speculations that the government along with Rakhine and Buddhist nationalists will launch another bout of ethnic cleansing after March 31. The refugees said that they did not want there families to be in Arakan when that started and were fleeing beforehand.
Some of the BGB personnal appeared sympathetic to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims but said there was nothing they could do to help. The refugees were pushed back at around 9 pm into Burmese territory.