Hundreds of members of the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) have taken refuge in Bangladesh due to border tensions. Mortar shells are falling on the ground of Bangladesh. Before this, many 600 troops of Myanmar entered India recently. India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has discussed the Myanmar issue with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
According to some sources of the Indian government, the country’s media Times of India says that India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited Bangladesh last week. This is the high-level visit to India after Sheikh Hasina was re-elected as Prime Minister. However, this visit is not official.
Sources say that Ajit Doval came to Bangladesh to discuss security issues. The Myanmar border issue was discussed. Bangladesh Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud is scheduled to go on a three-day visit to India today. Before that, Doval came to Bangladesh and traveled around.
Another media outlet The New Indian Express says that Ajit Doval came to Bangladesh last Saturday. Senior officials of the country’s security department were with him at that time. He returned to the country last Sunday. However, the Bangladesh government has not informed anything in this regard.
On Monday, 11 more members of the Border Guard Police (BGP) escaped with weapons and infiltrated through the sleepy border of Bangladesh due to the ongoing conflict inside Myanmar. So far, 113 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.
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.