Dhaka – Bangladeshi border guards have turned 34 boat-loads of Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar after they attempted to cross the bordering Naf River into Bangladesh, officials said on Sunday.
The coastguard, put on alert in south-eastern bordering district of Cox’s Bazar, also prevented boats carrying the Rohingya on the River that separated Bangladesh from Myanmar.
Border Guard Bangladesh officer Captain Abuzar Al Jahid said troopers sent back more than 400 Rohingya Muslims in the last 24 hours until Sunday morning as they tries to enter the country through three bordering points.
Officer Imran Ullah Khan said each boat was carrying at least 10 to 15 Rohingya Muslims and were also prevented from anchoring on Bangladesh territory.
Rights groups have accused the Burmese military of perpetrating mass murder, looting and rape against the Rohingya as the army began an offensive following attack on police outposts in October that killed nine officers.
More than 100 Rohingya Muslims were reportedly killed in the Myanmar’s counter-insurgency sweeps that prompted the minority Muslims in the Buddhist-majority country to flee violence.
On Wednesday, a senior minister said Dhaka is set to begin talks with Naypyidaw for possible repatriation of the Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh facing persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.
Amnesty International warned that Myanmar might be guilty of crimes against humanity for brutal campaign against Rohingya Muslim minority in its northern Rakhine state.