Four Bangladeshi boats, including 16 fishermen, were seized by Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) near Teknaf's Shahpari Island on their way back from fishing in the Bay of Bengal. They were taken away last Tuesday (March 15) afternoon.
Following the incident, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sent a letter to the Myanmar Border Guard Force (BGP).
Teknaf-2 BGB commander Lieutenant Colonel Sheikh Khalid Mohammad Iftekhar said, "a letter had been sent to the BGP to rescue the fishermen. We hope it will be resolved through negotiations."
The arrested fishermen are: Md. Jasim (25) of Shahparirdwip Jalia Para of Teknaf, Saiful Islam (23), Md. Faisal (23), Abu Taher (22), Md. Ismail (20), Md. Ishaq (24) of the same area, Abdur Rahman. (24), Nur Kalam (26), Md. Hossain (22), Hasmat (25), Md. Akbar (23), Nazim Ullah (19), Rafiq (20), Sabbir (25), Md. Helal (25) ), Rezaul Karim (18), Ramzan (18), Jamal (21).
Abdus Salam, a UP member of Sabrang Union Parishad's Ward 9, said the fishermen took part in the rescue operation in a trawler that sank on the way back after fishing in the sea. They also recovered some wood. Later, on their way back, the fishermen were caught by the Myanmar BGP with 16 boats including four boats. After knowing the matter, the upazila administration and BGB have been informed.
Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Parvez Chowdhury said, "I have heard that 18 Bangladeshis were taken away along with the boat." However, no one from their family informed them. Detailed inquiries are being made in this regard.