Burma Times Correspondent: April 04, 2015
15 Rohingya refugees attempting to cross over to Bangladesh have been robbed and assaulted by locals in Unchipara.
The refugees were intercepted by locals at around 6.30 am. They assaulted the male refugees and seized all their belongings.
Locals have become vigilant in intercepting Rohingya refugees following requests by Bangladesh Border Guards which says it is undermanned to handle the task on its own.
Beside stopping refugees, these civilian groups have also been involved in assault and robbery.
At around the same time Bangladesh Border Guards arrested 12 more refugees.
The refugees were pushed back to Arakan at around 8.30 pm.
Muslim refugees not welcome in Bangladesh
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.
At least 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to the neighbouring country following brutal persecution in Arakan where the present population is now estimated at around a million.