Bangladesh pushes back 135 more Rohingyas

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Dec. 9 (ANI): At least 135 Rohingyas were sent back by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) as they were trying to enter Bangladesh illegally. Trespassing at different points of the Naf River was prevented by BGB personnel on Thursday. "We raided four different points of the river around 7:30am and pushed back at least 135 Rohingyas boarded in nine boats," the Dhaka Tribune quoted Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Lt Col Abujar Al Zahid, as saying. Bangladesh has strengthened security along its border with Myanmar to prevent the entry of Rohingyas who are trying to cross into its territory illegally due to violence in the Rakhine state that has claimed the lives of at least 86 people and displaced 30,000 others. Myanmar troops launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state in response to attacks on three border posts on October 9 that killed nine police officers, since then many Rohingya Muslims have tried to move into Bangladesh illegally. Accusations by Rohingyas and rights groups of raping women, torching houses and killing civilians during their operations has been denied by Myanmar and the military. Rohingyas are not recognised by Myanmar as its citizens and are called Bengali by them. (ANI)