Despite earlier reports and claims by the government, the second rescued ship is currently being stationed in the same position from where it was found. All passengers are being detained on the remote island of Thamee Hla.
Till Sunday night, there was heavy navy presence around the island. Authorities are frequenting the place and interrogating the passengers.
Some journalists who tried to come to the island were turned back by the navy. Their photographs and videos were also forcibly deleted.
Activists say that after the rescue of the first boat, and the hasty summon of the international media, the Burmese government was made to look like a fool. On May 22, the Burmese navy made its first rescue and claimed all 208 passengers on board were Bangladeshis. Those identified as Rohingyas were whisked away before the media and the UN arrived on the scene. But this story blew away and embarrassed the government.
This time the government is taking their time before presenting the official version of events. Till now the government has said those aboard are Bengalis, which could mean both Bangladeshi nationals and Rohingya Muslims. But the government is determined to prove that migrants are mostly Bangladeshis and the persecution of Rohingya Muslims is not the cause of a migrant exodus that is creating an international uproar.