A boat load of Rohingyans was sank near St.Martin Island of Bengal Bay

by James,

A boat load of 170 passengers, was sank at the mid night of 18 Jan 2012. 35 were rescued and 100 are still missing!
Rohingyans living in Bangladesh confirmed they are mostly Rohingya Burmese people and departing for Malaysia.

According to the link released on 20 Jan 2012-(first_details.php?news_id=5202 ), a boat load of 170 passengers sank, 35 were rescued and 100 are still missing! 10 death bodies were found at Nakondia opposite site of St. Martin at 10 AM ,Friday morning.
At 11am ,Friday morning 35 boat people who were rescued by fishing boats were arrested by Bangladesh coast guard and sent to the prison.
The boat was left from Bashkali,Ctg ,100 km far from Teknaf, on 13 January with 50 passengers. It reached near the Shahpurirdiv on 18 January. From there another 120 passengers were boarded . The boat left at the mid night of of 18th Jan. A few hours later the boat was sank.

Early this month, many other Rohingyans who were prepared to depart for Malaysia, were arrested.

Kaldan Press, 09 January 2012

Teknaf, Bangladesh: 15 more Rohingya boatpeople were arrested at Shahpuri Dip under Teknaf upazila on December 7, midnight, according to locals and Teknaf police said.


Arrested Rohingya sea voyagers in Teknaf police station

“Being informed, a group of police from Teknaf went to Shapuri Dip, raided and arrested 15 boatpeople while other boatpeople gathered in the house of sea voyage agent Bulu before their departure for Malaysia or Thailand. However, 45 boatpeople including (agents) fled from the scene sensing the presence of police.”

“The arrested boatpeople were — Ibrahim (30), Shafiq (20), Sadek Hussain (20), Abdur Razzak (34), Abu Shama (17), Bashir Ahmed (40), Zahir Ahmed (25), Esuf (26), Saiful (20), Kamal Hossain (32), Kabir (23), Mohammad Ullah (45), Abdul Mazid (20), Rahim Ullah (22) and Dil Mohammad (32).”

Besides, on December 8, the Teknaf police also arrested 14 sea voyage agents (Dalals) from Teknaf and Shapuri Dip who have been involved in human trafficking. Some of the local Dalals are — Mohamed Rofique, Ziaul Haque, Mike Yunus, Islam Shukur, Saida – said a local from Shapuri Dip preferring not to be named.

According to Mahabul Haque, Officer in Charge (OC) of Teknaf police station, a case was filed in the Teknaf police station against the arrestees including the agents. The 15 arrestees hail from different areas of Myanmar (Burma).

In addition, on December 8, at about midnight, an engine boat loading with about 70 boatpeople departed to Malaysia from Lombori Ghat of Teknaf under the Cox’s Bazar District. Two agents named Feroz, son of Ahamed, hailed from Lombir Para and Nazir, son of Badsha Mea, hailed from Lombir Para of Teknaf managed the boat, said a fisherman of Teknaf who denied to be named.

Another boat with loading over 100 boatpeople will leave for Malaysia from Teknaf within 2 to 3 days, said a man from Shapuri Dip who denied to be named

In 2011, from October to December, the human trafficking to Malaysia was temporarily stopped after conducting operation at Burma-Bangladesh border by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), police and Coast Guard. But, now, the human trafficking is resumed, said local people.

The police, BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) and Coast Guard of Teknaf arrested boat-people heading for Malaysia illegally to 80, in the last one month, said an aide of Tekanf police station.

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