On Monday, 11 more members of the Border Guard Police (BGP) of the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) escaped with weapons and infiltrated through the sleepy border of Bangladesh due to the ongoing conflict inside Myanmar. So far, 117 BGP members have fled across the border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members of Bangladesh’s border guarding force are taking custody of these escaped BGP members.
Among the BGP members who fled Myanmar and settled in Bangladesh, the critically injured are being admitted to the hospital for treatment. The BGB has also advised the people on the border to move carefully in the current situation. Locals have closed all the shops in the border markets due to fear. Many have left the area and gone to safe shelters. Those who remain spend their days in fear.
Earlier, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sent five members of a Rohingya family back to Myanmar for trying to cross into Bangladesh through Teknaf border in Cox’s Bazar. The Rohingya family tried to infiltrate at Hoikung Ulubnia Point in Teknaf on Monday around noon. Later BGB blocked their entry to Bangladesh border and sent them back to Myanmar.
The length of Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar is about 283 km. Major part of it fell in Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar districts. Several rebel groups, including the Arakan Army, have intensified fighting in the Bangladesh border area for weeks. After the escalation of the conflict, the most sound of gunfire is heard in Ulubnia, Tulatuli, Kanjarpara of Hoikang in Teknaf, Anjuman Para in Palangkhali in Ukhia and Naikshyongchari Tumbru and Ghumdhum border in Bandarban. This has caused tension in the Rohingya villages, increasing the fear of infiltration.
Due to this conflict, BGB is on alert in the border area. Among them, a Bangladeshi and a Rohingya were killed on the Ghumdhum border by a shell fired from Myanmar on Monday. There are reports that the rebel groups have already taken over the two border posts across the border of Tambru and Ghumdhum in Bangladesh.
The fighting between the army and various armed groups in the bordering provinces of Myanmar is now at its peak. Rakhine State, bordering Bangladesh, has been shaking with the sound of bullets and mortars for days. Myanmar army and border guards are retreating in a fierce conflict with the rebel Arakan Army.
In a report on Monday, the Myanmar media The Irrawaddy said that 62 soldiers of the Junta forces have lost their lives in the last 3 days. The People’s Defense Forces-PDF and Ethnic Armed Organizations-EAO, have increased attacks on various army targets. These incidents occurred in Sagaing, Magwe and Mandalay regions, Kachin and Karen states. Irrawaddy was given this information by PDF and EAO. However, the junta government did not comment on this.
In February 2021, Myanmar’s military junta overthrew the government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup. Protesters were brutally suppressed. In response, the democrats took up arms. They receive weapons training from various ethnic insurgent groups. Also, the Three Brotherhood Alliance, comprising the Arakan Army, the National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tang National Liberation Army, put up strong resistance against the military. Myanmar’s insurgent groups have captured more than 3,000 army posts and 20 cities in the past three years of civil war.
In August-September 2022, Myanmar’s internal conflict also had an impact on the Bangladesh border. Even then, there were incidents of shelling.