The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun has commented that there is no reason to worry about the security of the border region due to the internal conflict in Myanmar. He said this while visiting an injured policeman at Rajarbagh Police Hospital today.
The IGP said that additional policemen have already been deployed in the area. Security arrangements are active with all forces.
IGP Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun said that the Rohingyas have been kept under extra surveillance.
Recently, the country’s junta government has been under constant pressure from the attacks of rebels in various states of Myanmar. Min Aung Hlaing’s junta has lost control of large swathes of the northwest to rebels. They are retreating from Arakan Army (AA) attacks on the western border. In the meantime, one by one, all the military bases there are going under the control of the Arakan Army.
Private news service Radio Free Asia reports that the Arakan Army attacked another base of the Myanmar Border Guard Force near the Bangladesh border on Sunday. This attack was carried out with full military force on this base on the western border of Myanmar.
After the attack, unable to handle the situation, the BGP members ran towards the Bangladesh border. In the meantime, 229 BGPs of Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh and taken shelter.
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 at the Ghumdhum border on Monday by a shell fired from Myanmar.
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 some incidents of shelling.