Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard on Thursday rescued 58 Rohingyas from a trawler in the Bay of Bengal while they were being trafficked to Malaysia, officials said.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Bangladesh Coast Guard detained a Malaysia-bound trawler in the Bay, south of the Saint Martin Island, around 7:00pm on Thursday evening and rescued 58 Rohingyas.Confirming the matter, Josel Rana, commander of Saint Martin Coast Guard station, said that during the drive Coast Guard men also held two members of human trafficking syndicate and seized the trawler.
Out of 58 Rohingyas, 28 were women, 20 men and 10 children, said Coast Guard commander.
The detained human traffickers were identified as Rubel, son of Rashid Ahmad of Nitangpara of Teknaf upazila and Omar Faruk of Kutupalong Rohingya camp.
Rescued Rohingya people and detained traffickers will be handed over to Teknaf police station, Josel Rana added.