Myanmar to charge Border Guard Bangladesh soldier


A Bangladeshi border guard holds an umbrella as he stands guard in the rain at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in MaungDaw township, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 08 June 2015. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

Bangladesh yesterday urged Myanmar to send back a soldier from the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) but Myanmar authorities said it will take legal action against him for entering its territory illegally, the Gulf Times reported on 22 June.

Bangladesh’s ambassador to Myanmar Sufiur Rahman met Myanmar’s foreign secretary and conveyed Dhaka’s request to send Nayek Abdur Razzaq back home, said a diplomatic source.

If Myanmar goes for legal measures, the return of Razzak will be delayed, the source added.

Bangladesh also lodged a strong protest with Myanmar for publishing Razzaq’s photos in handcuffs.

The foreign ministry on Thursday summoned Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka Myo Myint Than and asked him to convey to his government a request to immediately return Razzak, abducted on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) opened fire on a BGB patrol boat in the NaafRiver which was later described by Bangladesh as a ‘misunderstanding’.

Another BGB man, Biplob Kumar, received a bullet injury when the BGP opened fire on the BGB patrol boat on the NaafRiver in Cox’s Bazar.

Bangladesh while briefing the diplomat described the incident as most unfortunate and totally unwarranted and said such unprovoked firing by the BGP is not acceptable.

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