Monthly Archives: March 2013

Continuous attacks against Muslims across central and other parts of Burma


Source Unreported News of Rohingya,

The central government is directly supporting its buddhist people and similar attacks like in Arakan, are progressively taking place across central and other parts of Burma. Like in Arakan, no Buddhist perpetrator is arrested yet and security police arrive in every scene to protect its buddhist people ad arresting muslim leaders. The so call Law & Order just installing additionally to confine muslims.

The next target is in Yangon; top muslim business companies, famous ancient mosques and muslim houses in main areas. Buddhists people of Yangon are saying that they don’t need to buy muslim houses, they will soon get free.

It is like there is no body to protect the muslims of Burma, nor International communities and world UN bodies are exist for them. US government warns its citizens to evacuate from Yangon in good time. UN SG Ban Ki-moon wanted the same to rescue its international staffs from Arakan state during June last year. The government and the buddhist people of Burma witness the action taken by the world for Arakan crises that is why they are very vigillantly carrying more genocidal attacks.

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(captued action of police forces in the scene)

"Report of continuous attacks against Muslims across central and other parts of Burma"

Pago(Pegu) Division:

27 Mar (Irrawaddy News): The ttackers destroyed Muslim quarters in Monyo and Padigon townships located about 100 miles (170 km) north of Rangoon. In Monyo “riots started at 7:10 pm. A mosque was totally destroyed and nearly 100 Muslim-owned houses were ransacked. Similarl incident, a mosque and 20 houses were destroyed in Padigon Township, located about 30 miles (50 km) away from Monyo town.

The violence subsequently spread to a total of six Mandalay Division townships before hitting Muslim communities further south in Pegu Division. Okpho, Gyobingauk, Zigon, Minhla and Nattalin townships were affected there on Monday and Tuesday, and hundreds of homes and several mosques were destroyed.

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The mosque at Gyobingauk Township, Pegu Division, was attacked by a mob on Monday night, who used a bulldozer to ram through one of its walls. To see more photos click on the box below. (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)

25 Mar: A gang of Buddhist extremists destroyed a Mosque, Muslim houses and shops in Oaak Tha Kone Town at the mid-night of 24 March. A day before, the gang broke the windows of Mosque with throwing stones and also destroyed teashops, departmental shops, five houses and one Bakery that all were belong to Muslims.
More in Yay Kyaw village, another Islamic religious school was vandalized by a group of buddhist gang.
Similarly in Nattalin township, a mosque and a few muslim houses were burnt down by mid-night.

The Muslim villagers are very minoirty in this areas so they could not resist the mob while security forces were just watching the activities and behaved as uncontrollable but then the Military personnel control the situation.

Shan state:
24 Mar: Moreover, the Mine Tauk village Mosque (the first Mosque in Shan State built by Turkish Muslims in 260 years ago) of Innlay Lake region (Nyaungshwe Township) was also burnt down by buddhist gang on 24 Mar. It is very surprise to know about the security police alerted not to engage religious confrontation by morning and soon after a gang appeared to torch the roof of the mosque.
The locals say the rioters were Buddhisms from central Myanmar who were working in a construction site situated near by.

Mandalay Division:
24 Mar: Muslim villagers of Minn-hla village in Pyay township were attcked by eveing 19:00pm. A mosque and about 20 houses were burnt down.

23 Mar: Muslim villagers of Ywar Tan village of Yamethin township were attacked by extemist buddhists. The attacks began from early moring and about 58 muslim houses plus a mosque( Zaygone Mosque) were burnt down. More than a dozen muslims were also killed in the attacks and a few youths were set fire alive by pouring fuel. The attacks resumed by eveing and muslim shops in the market were vandalized.

20-23 Mar: Following a minor dispute between a muslim goldshop owner (U Tun Aye) and a buddhist woman at around 11am of Wednesday(20 Mar) Myoma Market in Meiktila township, about two hundred buddhists who were gathered thereby were immediately began destropying that gold shop plus five other muslim shops, beatings and killings of muslims. From then the buddhist mob led by ‘969’ monks spreaded anti-muslim propaganda and began destroying mosques and muslim houses through throwing diesel bottles and fire sticks.
By eveing, 3 mosques plus about hundred muslim houses were burnt down and about 30 muslims dead. After all, the government installed 144 Act. Becasue of such act is just installed to protect its buddhist own people, the buddhist people have able to carry continuous attacks by the following morning and the next day night again and on..
By 23 Mar, the total death toll reached to about hundred including 28 students and 4 teachers killed in the Religious Arabic School of Mingalar Zayyon village at about 6.30 AM, 21 Mar, 14 mosques and about 200 muslim houses total destructed across the town.
Accoding to Mohd Farooq reporting at Mayu Press, total mosques destructed in Meiktila township alone are listed as below;
1. Jamae Mosque (In Ashaepyin Quarter at the west of Bazaar)
2. Bengali Mosque (In Yadanar Maung Quarter)
3. Nyein Chan Yay Mosque ( In Yadanar Maung Quarter)
4.Turkish Mosque ( In Yadanar Maung Quarter, Tat Nae, Military ground)
5. Myoma Mosque ( In Yadanar Maung Quarter)
6. Hmanlone Mosque (a) Thiri Mingalar (Ka Gyi) Mosque ( In Thiri Mingalar Quarter)
7. Pakistan Mosque ( In Thiri Mingalar Quarter)
8. Myo Oo Mosque ( In Aung Zayyar Quarter)
9. Nandawgone Mosque and Arabic Institute ( In Nandawgone Quarter)
10. Tharyargone Mosque ( In Nandawgone Quarter)
11. Chan Aye Tharyar Mosque ( In Chan Aye Tharyar Quarter)
12. Pyi Tharyar and Pyi Tharyar , Places of Worship ( In Pyi Tharyar Expanded Quarter)
13. Mingalar Zayyone Mosque ( In Mingalar Zayyone Quarter)
14. Arabia Mudia School ( In Thiri Mingalar Quarter)
15. Azizia Arabic Institute ( In Nandawgone Quarter)
16. Arabi High School ( In Mingalar Zayyone Quarter)

Around 2000 people joined in a mass protest in Kuala Lumpur against the religious violence in Burma/Myanmar.


Source Mayupress, 27 March
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By Mohammad Sadek
Most of these people are Muslims from Burma, consisting of various ethnic backgrounds including the Rohingyas and Kamans from Arakan State, Pathy, Chulia, Surti and etc. from proper Burma.

During the times of their protests, protesters played different types of play cards, posters and etc, demanding to end religious violence, Muslim hate speeches and discriminations, establishing peace and stability in the country.

These Burmese Muslim groups shouted that “we need peace and harmony in Burma”. We need justice. Save our innocent lives and properties and etc.”

The whole protest, observed silently for more than 1 ½ hours, who were actively watched by the Malaysian enforcement agency and helped 5 representatives to approach to the embassy premise of the Union Republic of Myanmar in Off Jalan Ampang at about 2:25pm, while protest began at 1:30pm and ended by 3:00pm peacefully.

The memorandum was handed over by Mr. Abdullah of Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic NGOS to the Deputy Head of the Mission, who declined to mention his name.

During this times of memorandum submission delegates spoke and demanded 7 points as follows:

  1. Demand that the government end forthwith all killing, violence and terrorization against the Muslims in Burma/Myanmar and ensure full religious freedom with their security of life, property and dignity;
  2. Also demand that the government stop spreading of such pre-planned violence against Muslims in other places of Burma;
  3. Request the international community, United Nations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Governments of United States, United Kingdoms and their western allies, European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and neighboring countries to put pressure on Burma and exert concerted efforts to protect and save the Muslim community in Burma;
  4. Rapid lifting or suspension of sanctions on Burma is premature in this stage; and request to reinstate sanctions in order to protect the Rohingya and other minorities, promote human rights and inclusive democratic and political reforms in Burma;
  5. To replace Burma Citizenship Law of 1982 with a new law that conform to international law standards and ensure citizenship rights of Muslims in Burma;
  6. Request to conduct a UN independent inquiry and bring the perpetrators before justice.
  7. Request for assistance and cooperation from international community to ensure fundamental rights of Muslims in Burma.

Delegates affirmed that more than 20,000 Muslims were displaced in central Burma town of Miektila, 4 Islamic scholars and 28 Religious Students were brutally killed, while at least 14 Mosques and hundreds shops, houses and properties were destroyed. It is not only in central Burma but also in various parts of Burma including Arakan State where over a quarter million of Rohingya were killed; more than 140,000 Rohingyas and Kaman were displaced who are being kept in segregation under Government’s neo-apartheid policy. ##

Phuket Rohingya: 108 Land on Island Off Southern Phuket from India


Source Phuketwan, 23 Mar

Phuket UPDATE

The Rohingya have been brought ashore to Phuket’s Chalong Police Station, with no clear indication whether they will be ‘helped on’ to Malaysia or trucked back towards the Burma border.

Original Report

PHUKET: A boatload of Rohingya refugeees came ashore near Phuket early today after a remarkable 45-day journey via India.

The 108 boatpeople split into two groups, with about 60 swimming to shore on an island off southern Phuket, not far from the popular tourist daytrip port of Chalong.

One group of 44 men and boys accompanied the wooden open boat to a pier at Lon island, where a small Thai Muslim community lives.

Five women were among the 108, with the youngest boy aged five, one of several children under 10. The oldest passenger was a man aged 73.

It was the fourth group of Rohingya to have landed on Phuket this year as thousands flee oppression and race-hate in Burma.

A spokesman for the group said they had set off from a refugee camp in the troubled township of Sittwe, where the Burmese government tacitly encourages a policy of ethnic cleansing.

”We ended up going the wrong way and we were picked up by the Indian Navy in the Andaman and Nicobar islands,” the spokesman said. ”The Indian Navy gave us food and helped us restart our journey.”

The Thai Navy also ‘helps on’ boats of refugees apprehended off the Andaman coast of Thailand.

The Navy had not arrived to join the 44 refugees gathered at the pier off Lon island today. They showered under a hose at the pier, washed clothes and sat down to eat a simple meal of reconstituted rice.

Many of the refugees had telephone numbers with them, sometimes written on the inside of shirt collars or on small scraps of paper.

They were keen to have the chance to call relatives or friends in Malaysia to say they were safe and in Thailand for the time being.

The boat seemed relatively well-equipped compared to other boats that have been intercepted off Phuket.

It had a large supply of dried rice and a simple wood-fired cooker sat on the open deck. Most of the men and boys seemed quite healthy.

Soon after, the other 64 people from the boat were all ferried by longtails, the traditional Thai all-purpose vessel, to join the others about 9am.

At 9.20am, a Marine Police vessel arrived to tow away the Rohingya boat. It’s likely the motors – the Rohingya boat has two – will be repaired and the boat will be ”helped on” as soon as possible, despite the presence of women and children among the passengers.

The landing off Phuket comes with more violence wracking the Muslim communities of Burma and Thailand holding about 1700 Rohingya men, women and children while a decision is made about their status.

That could take another four-and-a-half months.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra last week promised an investigation into a controversial incident in which Rohingya who landed north of Phuket were allegedly shot at by the Thai military.

Hundred of Muslims killed and Eight Mosques destroyed in Meiktilar, Mandalay, Central Burma


Source Mayu Press, 21 Mar

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There is no stability of racism under the Act-144 imposed by the Burmese government authority. The Buddhist racists continued vandalizing Muslim’s ancient Mosques and Religious school and also houses one after another. Muslim families are leaving and fleeing to avoid the life hazards from their respective own houses. The Buddhists had burnt down Mingalar Zayyu Hafiz School at midnight of 21 March 2013. According to eye-witness, Myo Oo Mosque was torched up by throwing diesel bottles and fire sticks. Muslims are under Act-144 whereas Buddhist racists are moving crowdedly with heavy iron rods, swords, sharpens knife and diesel bottles by motorcycles and three-wheel autos.

Name of Mosques burnt down and destroyed by Buddhist racists:

  1. Nyeinn Gyann Yaye Mosque (Peace Mosque)
  2. North Pye Thaya Mosque
  3. Thiyi Mingalar Mosque
  4. Mingalar Zayyu Mosque and Hafiz School
  5. Myo Oo Mosque
  6. Pakistan Mosque
  7. Hman Lon Mosque (Glass enclosed Mosque)
  8. Western Market Zamay Mosque

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25 Rohingya arrested in Phuket


Source Bankok Post, 20 Mar

PHUKET – Twenty-five Rohingya from Myanmar have been arrested and charged with illegal entry, police said on Wednesday.

The Rohingya migrants, comprising both men and women, were arrested about 11am at Ban Khok Tanot in tambon Chalong of Phuket province, where a tour bus they were travelling on was stopped for a search.

The migrants said they travelled via Bangladesh to Malaysia before taking the bus, which was heading for Phuket, according to police.\

Twenty-five Rohingya are arrested on the Phuket-bound bus from Malaysia. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuen niran)

Villagers decry ‘slaughter’ of Rohingya as Thai PM vows inquiry


Source South China Morning Post, 14 Mar

Fishermen say they saw up to 20 bodies floating in the water, near where Rohingya refugees claim the military opened fire on their group
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The fresh grave where a Rohingya victim is said to be buried

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A volunteer for the Red Cross Rescue Service recovers one of two bloated bodies found in an area near Phuket on February 26 and 27. Photos: SCMP Pictures

More damning evidence has emerged of what villagers describe as the "slaughter" of Rohingya refugees by members of the Thai military near the holiday island of Phuket, with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledging to investigate the incident.

A fisherman said he and others saw 15 to 20 corpses floating off the coast close to Hinlad village, near the port of Kuraburi, where four Rohingya survivors and villagers say shootings took place on February 22.

The four survivors, who were among about 130 boat people who arrived in the area from Myanmar on February 21, said last week that the shooting occurred as members of the Thai military tried to separate the refugees between two boats.

Some Rohingya refused. When the troops fired a warning shot, about 20 jumped overboard. The troops then opened fire on those in the water, survivors and villagers claimed.

"I saw three bodies, one of the bodies was a woman," fisherman Yutdana Sangtong said yesterday. "But my friends on the other side of the bay said they saw about 15 to 20 bodies all together."

I saw three bodies, one of the bodies was a woman,. But my friends on the other side of the bay said they saw about 15 to 20 bodies all together

Sangtong said a friend described the bodies as being in a decomposed state. He believes the currents have since carried the dead out to sea.

Red Cross Rescue Service leader Manat Aree said that he recovered two bloated bodies from the area on February 26 and 27, after being told their location by fishermen.

The South China Morning Post saw photographs of the two male corpses, one of which clearly bore a wound to the head.

"We would have liked to fetch the other bodies but we could not because we had no money for fuel for our boat," Manat said.

The bodies were taken to Kuraburi hospital, then reclaimed by villagers for a swift burial according to Muslim custom. Villagers showed the graves to reporters.

Hinlad’s deputy chief Aduwat Ahamad works in a paramilitary role for Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command, which oversees border security and has been linked to previous mistreatment of the Rohingya.

"In the past, we closed one eye to the people-trafficking that has been going on in secret all along the coast. But I cannot stay silent with the deaths of innocent Muslims. My heart is broken by this slaughter," he said.

Aduwat was among eight villagers who support the account of the incident provided by the four Rohingya who made it to shore. They said a military patrol boat arrived on the scene soon after the refugee boat arrived and towed the Rohingya vessel. The next morning, villagers reported hearing gunfire.

A video shot by locals shows the Rohingya boat under tow by a patrol boat with the hull designation 214.

The four survivors disappeared at the weekend from the village where they were being sheltered. They have since telephoned their former protectors in Hinlad to say they are safe and in Malaysia.

The village imam, Alit Damchor, said many Rohingya had come ashore around the Kuraburi district because word had spread that people there were tolerant and generous. Hinlad and other villages nearby are predominantly Muslim.

"Our direction and the government’s direction are totally different," Alit said. "Our concept of how to treat the Rohingya is also very different."

The Thai navy has denied reports of the February 22 incident, without elaborating. However, on Monday night Yingluck pledged to investigate.

"Our government has a policy to take care of the Rohingya on humanitarian grounds, so they won’t be pushed back," she said. "We will investigate this."

In a statement issued yesterday, US-based Human Rights Watch said the Thai navy had shot at the Rohingya and caused at least two deaths. The group called for an immediate government investigation.

"Rohingya fleeing Burma should be given protection, not shot at," said Brad Adams, the group’s Asia director. "The Thai government should urgently investigate why sailors opened fire on boat people helpless in the sea, and prosecute all those found responsible."

The rights group also called on Thai authorities to reveal the whereabouts of the remaining 100-plus Rohingya, who it said were last seen in navy custody.

Thai authorities have adopted a policy of "helping on" Rohingya boats which are apprehended in Thai waters, providing them with fuel, food and water on condition they do not land in Thailand. Thai security forces also co-ordinated a secret policy of towing the Rohingya out to sea in unpowered boats and casting them adrift.

Hundreds died in 2008 and 2009 before the policy was exposed and repudiated.

This article first appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition on Mar 14, 2013 as Villagers decry ‘slaughter’ as Thai PM vows inquiry

200 Rohingya refugees picked up in Malaysian waters


Source NST, 12 Mar

ALOR STAR: About 200 Myanmar nationals, believed to be Rohingya refugees, were forced to swim for about 1km when they entered the country through Pantai Kuala Jerlun near here this morning.

The foreigners, who had arrived at the Malacca Straits on a fishermen boat, had swam through muds before they arrived at the shore at about 7am.

The foreigners, including women and children, were picked up by some 50 enforcement personnel comprising officers from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Immigration Department and the police.

Read more: 200 Rohingya refugees picked up – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/200-rohingya-refugees-picked-up-1.233354#ixzz2NTMWU1vH

126 famished Rohingya refugees rescued from leaky boat


Source nst, 10 Mar

GEORGE TOWN: One hundred and twenty-six Rohingya refugees were found famished by local fishermen, as their cargo boat was on the verge of sinking at 2.5 nautical miles from Muka Head, Teluk Bahang here yesterday.

The refugees, comprising 51 men, 35 women and 40 children, had spent 25 days sailing from Myanmar to Malaysia.

Following a report lodged by the fishermen about 2pm, the Rohingyas were rescued by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

MMEA (Northern Region) enforcement chief First Admiral Tan Kok Kwee said, at the time of rescue, the refugees, aged between two months and 50, were found cramped in their boat.

"The Rohingyas looked tired and famished because food supply had run out, three days earlier, and they had to make do with just sea water.

"The MMEA found a leak in the boat and mobilised a maritime ship, KM Nyireh, to rescue the refugees and tow their boat.

Investigations are underway to determine who had brought them in," he told reporters here today.

He said the Rohingyas were taken to the Limbungan Batu Maung Jetty about 10.30am and given food, as well as health check-ups.

The refugees are now held at the Penang MMEA headquarters in Jalan Sri Bahari, pending a remand order. – BERNAMA

Read more: 126 famished Rohingya refugees rescued from leaky boat – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/126-famished-rohingya-refugees-rescued-from-leaky-boat-1.232213#ixzz2NEzmpVs9

Thai Military Opened Fire and Killed Rohingya North of Phuket, Say Boatpeople, Villagers


Source Phuketwan, 6 Mar

PHUKET: Thai security forces opened fire on defenceless Rohingya boatpeople north of Phuket, killing at least two and as many as 15, according to detailed accounts by three survivors and Thai villagers who are sheltering them.

The killings, which are said to have occurred on February 22, came during a botched attempt by the military to transfer about 20 would-be refugees from the large boat on which they arrived from Burma (Myanmar) with 110 others, to a much smaller vessel.

When some feared they would be separated from family members, they jumped in the water and the military men opened fire during the predawn incident, the witnesses said.

Survivors Habumara, 20, Rerfik, 25, and Jamar, 16, said yesterday that they swam for their lives when the shooting broke out. They are currently being sheltered by sympathetic villagers.

Two fresh graves, said to contain Rohingya, were seen by a Phuketwan reporter and an Australian news television crew yesterday.

The three survivors said they believed that the killers were members of the Thai Navy, but village residents said they probably belonged to another branch of the Thai military.

Previous abuses of the Muslim Rohingya have been carried out by other arms of the Thai military or operatives trained as paramilitaries.

Vice Admiral Tharathorn Khajitsuwan, the Commander of Thai Navy Three, which patrols the Andaman coast, declined to comment.

One Rohingya, Rerfik, said that their boat, which had run out of fuel on its journey from Burma, was intercepted by local Thai fishermen on February 21.

The fishermen helped them ashore at a beach on Surin island, a popular destination for international tourists on dive boat and snorkelling excursions.

”Other local people brought us food and water,” Rerfik said. A meal was provided on the beach for the exhausted boatpeople.

At 6.30pm that day, a military boat arrived at the beach. A video shot by villagers shows the Rohingya craft being towed close to shore by a vessel with the hull designation TOR214, which is listed as a Thai Navy fast patrol boat.

”The villagers told us not to worry, we were told that they were just going to transfer us safely to the mainland,” Rerfik said.

But the next morning, the military decided to transfer 20 of the Rohingya to the smaller vessel nearby offshore, and the shooting broke out.

”There was a shot fired into the air when we decided not to move,” Refrik said. ”And so we jumped. That’s when they opened fire on us, in the water.”

”We all heard the gunshots,” a fisherman told a local woman who had been waiting by the pier for the Rohingya boat to be brought to shore.

”A little bit later, Rerfik was pulled from the water. During the day, the others were found and rescued.”

Two bodies were also pulled from the water and buried, with fishermen telling villagers they had seen more bodies in the water. As many as 15 people may have died, the fishermen told the villagers.

The residents of the village north of Phuket are now sheltering four survivors, as well as another Rohingya who arrived on an earlier boat.

Soldiers descended on the village and searched the area for two days after the incident, but the survivors were kept hidden.

The fate of the other 100-plus Rohingya is not known, after they were towed away by the military vessel.

The Thai military has previously been accused of cooperating with people traffickers by handing over boatpeople who are then smuggled to Malaysia for a large fee or sold as bonded laborers.

Habumara said: ”Most of us were hoping to reach Malaysia but my aim is to go on from there to Australia. We are not sure what will happen to us now.”

Thailand has been swamped this October-April ”sailing season” by Rohingya, who are fleeing persecution and deprivation in their native Burma and border areas in Bangladesh.

Thousands have set sail to escape a recent outbreak of violence targeting their communities.

In 2009, the Thai military was revealed to have secretly adopted a policy of towing Rohingya out to sea in powerless boats and casting them adrift. Hundreds died as a result. The policy was quickly abandoned by then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Since 2009, the Thai military has adopted a ”help on” policy. Rohingya boats are intercepted at sea and supplied with food, water and fuel, on condition that they do not come ashore in Thailand.

Persecution of the Rohingya in Burma has grown with renewed violence since June, forcing thousands of people to flee by sea – and including women and children for the first time this October-to-April ”sailing season.”

As a result, Thailand has been swamped with record numbers of Rohingya. The arrival of women and children in boats – first reported by Phuketwan on January 1 this year – led to Rohingya being brought ashore through January and raids on secret Thai-Malaysia people-traffickers’ camps, where more women and children were discovered.

Detention centres and refuges throughout Thailand are now crowded with 1700 Rohingya whose status and fate is being decided by the Thai government, with advice coming from NGOs, between now and July.

Video Recorded by Villagers North of Phuket

A military vessel connects with a Rohingya boat

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Would-be refugees on a beach at Surin island

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A version of this article appears in Thursday’s edition of the South China Morning Post newspaper in Hong Kong.

Indian Coast Guard Ships rescued 108 Rohingyas from Andaman Sea


Source webindia, 2 Mar

Indian Coast Guard Ship C-145 and Aruna Asaf Ali in a precise and crisp operation rescued 108 precious human lives during an operation which lasted night of February 28 and early hours of March 1 from high seas.

‘The operation was initially launched, in response of panic calls requesting CG assistance raised by M/s Punj Lloyd, Mumbai complaining illegal entry by some unknown people onboard barge Gunpati, which was being towed from Myanmar to Mumbai,’ Commandant SSN Bajpai, Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of A & N Coast Guard region told UNI today.

Commandant Bajpai added that Tug Star Jakarta which was towing unmanned barge Ganpati from Myanmar to Mumbai reported illegal entry of about 15 people onboard barge Ganpati and presence of some boats in vicinity on February 28 at 1620 hours.

‘On receipt of the information, Interceptor Boat C-145 under the command of Comdt(JG) SR Nagendrgan was pressed into action and ship sailed out within 30 minutes from Diglipur. The ship intercepted Tug Star Jakarta at 2100 hours and embarked Coast Guard Boarding Team onboard barge Ganpati. After boarding the vessel,it was found that barge had 108 Myanmarese who were at sea since February 15 and had no food and water for past 07 days. Condition of the personnel was critical due to severe dehydration and starvation and required immediate medical aid & evacuation. It was also reported one 03 year old boy had expired on February 28 and was given burial at sea by Myanmarese,’ the Coast Guard Commandant added. Considering urgency of rescuing large number of people, ICGS Aruna Asaf Ali under the command of Comdt MS Gill, was also directed to rush for rendering assistance.

The officers and men of CG ships C-145 and Aruna Asaf Ali battled rough seas during overnight operation and successfully rescued 108 Myanmarese from barge Ganpati. The rescued Myanmarese were provided much needed food, water and first Aid by Coast Guard ships.

‘Considering seriousness of the situation, all nodes of the Coast Guard were put on to higher state of preparedness throughout the night. The Operations team at Regional Headquarters and District Headquarters of Coast Guard effectively coordinated for accomplishment of the mission. All the rescued personnel were brought to Diglipur and handed over to local police for providing further medical aid,’ Commandant SSN Bajpai added. UNI SKR BM RD 1818 NNNN

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