Myanmar border guards mass at Bangladesh border amid escalating conflict

BANDARBAN CORRESPONDENT

Over one hundred members of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) are poised to enter Bangladesh, driven by escalating violence between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army rebel group. Fearing for their safety, the BGP members are amassing at the Jamchhari border crossing.

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has taken immediate action to manage the potential influx of refugees. Security has been tightened in border areas, including Jamchhari, Ashartoli, Lembuchhari, and Painchhari, within Bandarban’s Naikhongchhari district.  BGB forces are increasing patrols and personnel numbers to deter unauthorized crossings.

According to local eyewitnesses, the intensity of the conflict within Myanmar has surged, driving the BGP troops to seek refuge.

This developing situation follows the recent arrival of 177 BGP members on March 11, who were granted temporary shelter in Bangladesh. They are currently under the custody of the BGB while their status is assessed.  The timing of their potential repatriation to Myanmar remains unclear.

“The border situation is under close observation by the BGB and our administration,” stated Shah Moazzem Hossain, the deputy commissioner of Bandarban.

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