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    Fleeing Rohingya Muslims sent back by Dhaka

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    By Mizan Rahman (Dhaka)
    August 28, 2013
    Bangladesh coastguards
    pushed back 11 Rohingyas to Myanmar early yesterday after they were held trying
    to cross into Bangladeshi waters in Teknaf sub-district of southeastern Cox’s
    Bazar district.
    Coastguard sources said a
    patrol team from the Teknaf Station detained the 11 Myanmar nationals as they
    were trying to enter Bangladesh in a small wooden boat at Niting around 9pm on
    Tuesday.
    The detainees were Nur
    Alam, 20, Hafez Ahmed, 22, Ahsan, 15, Labdhu, 20, Osman, 22, Abdul Alim, 17,
    Jonayed, 19, Rashid Ahmed, Ruma Begum, 17, Hamida Begum, 16, and Rahima Khatun,
    15.
    Following interrogation,
    the arrested were pushed back into Myanmar around 3am yesterday.
    Authorities said they could
    not provide shelter to the Myanmar Muslims, as those already given refuge have
    triggered social and economic problems.
    Officials in Cox’s Bazar
    yesterday attributed the fresh influx to hundreds of Muslims in Myanmar
    becoming homeless after Buddhists torched their homes and shops in Sagaing
    region of the violence-wracked country.
    Local officials claim more
    than 300 people are currently sheltering at a school after Buddhist mobs
    torched their homes two days ago.
    Last Saturday around a
    thousand anti-Muslim rioters rampaged through villages in the northwestern town
    of Kanbalu in the central region of Sagaing.
    The mobs set fire to Muslim
    properties and attacked rescue vehicles.
    Sources say dozens of
    houses and shops were left charred.
    This is the fourth
    anti-Muslim riot to break out in central and northern Myanmar this year.