Friday, 22 June 2018
Shapuri Dip, Bangladesh: Bangladesh security forces, or the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested 25 Burmese nationals today at about 5 a.m. when they were going to Cox's Bazaar along the seaside after crossing the Burma-Bangladesh border, said Noor Alam from Shapuri Dip.

The arrested Burmese nationals are mostly women and children with a man accompanying them.  They all to belong to Sittwe (Akyab), the capital of Arakan State and had a run in with a BDR patrol.

The group came to Rathedaung Township from Akyab and then crossed Naff River in a rowboat. Stricken by poverty, given the skyrocketing prices of essentials commodities and being jobless where they were unable to support their families, they decided to move to Bangladesh, according to a woman who is in BDR custody.

The arrested Burmese nationals are in BDR custody in Shapuri Dip. They are likely to be pushed back to Burma.

According to villagers in Shapuri Dip, everyday one or two families cross the Burma–Bangladesh border illegally. 

A village elder in Inn Din village, Maungdaw Township predicted that more Burmese nationals will cross the Burma-Bangladesh border in the coming days as the Burmese regime's export of rice to Bangladesh is causing scarcity in Burma.