BGB foils Rohingya family’s crossing amid Myanmar conflict

COX’S BAZAR CORRESPONDENT

In a tense incident at the Teknaf border in Cox’s Bazar, the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) successfully prevented a Rohingya family of five from crossing the Naf River into Teknaf, amidst considerable gunfire in Myanmar.

The attempted crossing by the family took place around 11 AM on Monday (5th February) at the Ulubonia border point within the Hwaikyong Union of Teknaf Upazila, sources close to the community revealed.

The family, comprising parents and their three children, is now under the protection of the BGB, specifically within the ambit of the Cox’s Bazar 34 Battalion’s Palongkhali BOP.

Local resident Jalal Ahmed provided firsthand details of the incident, noting, “Around 11 AM on Monday, the family made their way across the Naf River at the Ulubonia border point from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The BGB personnel on duty promptly intervened, engaging directly with the family.” 

He further relayed that the Rohingyas were escaping the ongoing conflict in Myanmar, which prompted their desperate border crossing.

Following the event, it was confirmed that the family is currently being held in BGB custody. 

Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah Al Masud Chowdhury, commander of the Cox’s Bazar 34 Battalion, and Nur Ahmad Anwari, chairman of Hwaikyong Union, could not be reached for comments. 

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