Teknaf, Bangladesh: Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), police and Bangladesh Coastguard arrested more than 58 boatpeople for Malaysia in different areas of Teknaf on August 19 and 17, according to a local named Habib from Teknaf.
BGB arrested 24 boatpeople from gola para area in Shah Pour dip, under Teknaf police station, while they were trying to go Malaysia by trawler owner group and traffickers – Hakhim Maji, son of late Abdul Gani, Ilias, son of late Sultan Ahmed, Md.Noor, son of Mohammed Ullah, Nur Hossain, Jiabul and Musa, son of dead Nazir Ahmed on August 19, according to BGB official.
Arrested peoples said, Shah Pour dip trafficking syndicate members -Nur Hakim Maji, son of late Abdul Gani and Aman Ullah, son of Abdul Karim took 20000 Bangladeshi Taka per person to send them to Malaysia. After entering Malaysia, they were supposed to pay again 150000 Bangladeshi taka more to the trafficking syndicate members there- Thailand and Malaysia.
The concerned authorities arrested them while trying to go to Malaysia by risk sea route nearby Teknaf of Bangladesh.
Being informed, a group of police from Teknaf went to Saparan village under Teknaf police station and arrested 11 and 10 boatpeople, after being conducted two operations on August 17 while boatpeople gathered in a resident home, according to BGB sources.
In addition, Bangladesh Coastguard also arrested 13 boatpeople from a residential hotel of Teknaf on August 17, said an aide of Bangladesh Coastguard.
The 58 arrested boat people were handed over to the Teknaf police station for further investigation. Police has filed case against them, according to an officer from Teknaf police station.
According to different sources, many Rohingya boatpeople have been going to abroad, especially to Malaysia and Thailand for seeking better opportunity because of harassment and persecution by the Burmese authorities.
A local youth who prefer not to be named said, “In the rainy risky season, why are the people fleeing to foreign countries?”