Myanmar border guards kill fisherman on Bangladesh border

16 January 2016
Myanmar border guards kill fisherman on Bangladesh border
Myanmar police stands guard on the tower at the border guard force camp at the Myanmar Bangladesh border fence in Maungdaw, Rakhine State. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

A Rohingya fisherman was shot dead by Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) while he was fishing on the Naff River at about 9.30 pm on 10 January, according to a report by Burma News International, published on January 15.
According to BNI, another fisherman said the dead man was Mohammed Raffique (19), son of Sayed Alam, from Shweza village in Maungdaw Township.
A fisherman, on condition of anonymity, said that some of the people fishing on the Naff River had received permission to do so from the BGP, but others had not, BNI reports.
Hamid, a local elder, said the other fishermen who were with Rafique told him that they left Shweza Village on the night of 10 January and went to catch fish on the Naff River. A BGP patrol boat from the BGP's Shweza camp saw the fishing boat and hailed the crew to tell them to stop fishing, but the fishermen were already trying to escape from the BGP, so they fired on the fishing boat.
Raffique was allegedly killed on the spot and the other fishermen only managed to escape by jumping overboard, according to BNI.