The 42 Battalion, Commanding officer of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) from Teknaf, Lt Col Jahid Hossain said a small wooden boat with 28 Malaysia-bound job-seekers – Rohingyas and Bengalis- was drowned in the Bay of Bengal near Katabonia beach of Teknaf upazila at about 2:00am, on June 16.
Twenty-six persons could reach the coast by swimming, and the bodies of the rest two females were recovered in the afternoon.
A woman body was recovered from the Bay of Bengal nearby Mondar Dill under Saprang union, said Lt Mamon, Teknaf coast guard.
Local people saw two dead bodies on the Katabonia and Moheskhalia Para beach on June 16 afternoon. They also said that there were three women and three children.
Police arrested two agents from Teknaf for human trafficking after recovering the dead bodies.
The BGB and Cox’s Bazar police, meanwhile, rescued 77 Malaysia-bound job-seekers in separate raids during the last one week.