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Bangladesh tightens security on bor
- Subject: Bangladesh tightens security on bor
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 06 Apr 1997 16:15:00
Subject: Bangladesh tightens security on border with Burma
Bangladesh-Burma : Bangladesh tightens security on
border with Burma
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, April 5 (AFP) -
have put border guards on alert along its border
with Burma to
thwart the possible re-entry of minority Moslem
security officials said Saturday.
The move came after Burmese immigration
authorities warned of
a possible renewed exodus by the Rohingyas.
But the local commander of the paramilitary
Bangladesh Rifles told
AFP "there is nothing to worry about and the
step is a
Most of the Rohingyas have been repatriated in
The Bangladesh home ministry has ordered the
local radio station
to broadcast in local language to inform police
if any Rohingyas
are spotted in southeastern Bangladesh,
especially in the fishing
town of Teknaf and nearby Cox's Bazar beach town.
Security sources said several Islamic religious
groups in coalition
with the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO),
which has been
representing the the minority group, were
"trying to ignite
problems and exploit the people."
Local admistration and aid officials said
economic reasons were
the main driving force for any attempt to return
to Bangladesh as
millions of dollars of aid have poured in since
the crisis started.
RSO has no contact address in Bangladesh.
Of the 250,000 Rohingya refugees, around 25,000
awaiting to be repatriated after fleeing their
homes in 1991
alleging persecution by Burmese troops, a charge