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Bangladesh, Myanmar start jointly patrol in Naff river

March 7, 2018
By Burma Times

Bangladesh and Myanmar border security forces have started a joint patrol in the Naf River, according to our correspondent.

A fishermen said that they saw, BGB and BGP start jointly patrol in Naff river.

Lt.Col. Asaduzzaman Chowdhury of Teknaf- BGB Battalion No 2 said, the jointly patrol was carried out by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar’s Border Police Guard (BGP) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday.

“Thirteen BGB members and 16 BGP personnel took part in the boat patrol,” he said.

He added the joint initiative was taken to avert any untoward incident surrounding the Rohingya people.

A refugee leader told the Burma Times, “We are afraid for those refugees who are coming to Bangladesh recently after crossing Naff River.”

Lt Col Asaduzzaman, however, said, “It’s not a regular patrol. It will occasionally be held.”

“We have sent a schedule to the Myanmar authorities. We can decide on a permanent patrol mechanism once they respond. It will be carried out during the day,” he added.

Last Thursday, the BGP fired two shots in the air heightening tension along the border. Later, a flag meeting was held, the Myanmar side said the security beef-up on the border was for their internal security. #

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