Coast Guard intensifies patrol across Teknaf border

To prevent Rohingya infiltration

03 October 2022

Staff Reporter :
Amid the escalating tension on the Bangladesh-Myanmar borders due to Myanmar's internal conflicts in Rakhine State, the Bangladesh Coast Guard has intensified its patrolling and surveillance across the Teknaf border to prevent Rohingya infiltration.
Bangladesh Coast Guard is on high alert so that no adverse situation is created across the Teknaf border out of the internal instability of the neighbouring country, said Lt. Commander Khandaker Munif Taqi, media officer of the Coast Guard Headquarters in the capital on Sunday.
"The Coast Guard is on firm footings to prevent Rohingya infiltration including human trafficking, smuggling and drug dealings. Coast Guard is working relentlessly to prevent infiltrators who may take advantage of the Myanmar's internal instability," he added.
The headquarters also said that the Coast Guard has been continuing its regular patrolling by modern high-speed boats day and night from Teknaf to Shahpori Island including the station of patrol ship in the sea.
Apart from this, Coast Guard has reinforced its additional manpower at Teknaf, Shahpori, Baharchhara and St. Martin to keep continuous surveillance in the area.
The Coast Guard is carrying out its duties by ensuring flawless security for the men and properties as well as preventing any evolving situation, the headquarters said.
In addition, Coast Guard intelligence is also working carefully to prevent any kind of rumours or propaganda amid this situation.
More than one month, a border tension has been prevailing due to the fierce conflicts between Myanmar Army and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), as per various reports in the media.
Myanmar internal conflicts always violated the Bangladesh borders as their mortar shells and bullets landed inside Bangladesh territory which is an utter violation of international sovereignty law.
For such violation, Dhaka summoned the Myanmar envoy to Bangladesh for four times in a month to lodge a strong protest note to maintain territorial integrity by stopping firing mortar shells and bullets.
Despite this protest, Myanmar every time tried to evade the responsibility saying the shells were fired by ARSA, but Bangladesh said that was their internal issue and Dhaka did not want the repetition.
Amid this situation, Bangladesh beefed up its security and asked the Border Guards Bangladesh and Coast Guard to remain on high alert amid the evolving situation.
Even Bangladesh has told the foreign envoys in Dhaka in several meetings about Myanmar's violation of international borders.
The diplomats assured Bangladesh that they would inform their capitals about the issue and even would stand by Bangladesh if the situation is raised on international forum including the United Nations.
Earlier, Bangladesh said that they would take the issue to United Nations if Myanmar did not follow the norms of international borders.
Against such situation Bangladesh security forces are on high alert to prevent any sort of situation and the border has been sealed so that no Rohingya could enter amid the conflicts.
The Bangladesh government is repeatedly saying that Myanmar has been disrupting regional stability by its recent escalating violence in Rakhine state in a bid to hinder the process of Rohingya repatriation.

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