Police recover body with military gear floating from Myanmar

UKHIA CORRESPONDENT

A body carrying 99 bullets and two magazines was discovered floating from Myanmar into Bangladesh in a canal, police said on Sunday.

The body, found in the Ukhia Ghat Customs area of Palongkhali Union in Ukhia by Ukhia Police Station on the afternoon of February 11, has not been identified, authorities said. 

The deceased was equipped with a khaki helmet and a belt, and the ammunition was retrieved from a bag attached to the body.

“The identity of the individual could not be established,” Md. Shamim Hossain, Officer-in-Charge of Ukhia Station, said. 

“Given the absence of any missing person reports from the Balukhali Customs area, we suspect the body might have drifted from Myanmar.”

Local residents, who spotted the body around noon, speculated that the deceased might have been involved in the ongoing conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, noting the military-style belt and a strip that appeared red and olive green.

Eyewitnesses also mentioned that the body was adorned with a khaki helmet and black shoes, suggesting possible affiliation with the Arakan Army.

Meanwhile, army bomb disposal units neutralized a mortar shell and a rocket launcher at Bandarban’s Tumbru border with Myanmar, both sourced from Myanmar.

Despite these incidents, the border area remained calm throughout the day, with no reports of cross-border gunfire.

Bangladesh is making efforts to expedite the repatriation of members of various Myanmar government forces who have sought refuge in the country amidst ongoing tensions.

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