Myanmar police shoot, injure 2 youths on Cox’s Bazar border

BGB sends protest letter

Staff Correspondent

5 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) on Sunday fired shots into Bangladesh territory near Rahmat Bill area of bordering Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar, leaving two people, including a Rohingya youth, injured.

The victims were identified as Joynal Abedin, son of Shahab Uddin of Palongkhali union, and Nurul Islam, son of Amir Hossain of Rohingya camp-1.

The youths are now undergoing treatment at Kutupalong Red Crescent Hospital in Ukhiya, police said.

Additional Superintendent of Police Iqbal Hossain said, “Two people, including a Rohingya youth, were shot by Myanmar’s BGP while they were fetching cattle from the bordering area.”  The shooting took place around 2:00pm.

Witnesses said Rohingya youth Nurul Islam works as a cowherd for one Anwar Hossain near the Ukhiya border.

Like every day, Nurul Islam along with Joynal went for feeding the cattle in the area. But Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) fired on them from the side of the border, leaving them injured.

On information, locals rushed to the spot to rescue them, but BGP members fired a few rounds of bullet targeting them.

Later, bullet-hit Jaynal and Nurul Islam were rescued and admitted to the Red Crescent Hospital in Ukhia.

Maj Iqbal Ahmed, deputy commanding officer of Bangladesh Border Guard’s (BGB) 34th battalion, said, “The BGP men fired without any reason.”  After the firing incident, the BGB has sent a protest letter to the BGP and called for a flag meeting.

Panic gripped the residents of the bordering areas due to the firing of Myanmar’s BGP into Bangladesh territory.

Khairuzzaman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Ukhiya police station, said, “We have heard that one person was injured in the shooting incident. We are investigating the incident.” Ukhiya Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Nikaruzzaman Chowdhury confirmed the firing of BGP members on the border.