26th March 2014
(The Nation / Phuket Gazette, Phuket)- On 26th March 2014, Thai Coast Guards cofiscated three fishing boats for unauthorised modifications suspected to have done to traffick Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and from Bangladesh through Thailand to different destinations, especially Malaysia.
17 Myanmar crew members were arrested during the raid” Lt Thaweeporn Khanathong of the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4.
“We suspected these boats as it was travelling towards Ranong because they were no fishing tools or refrigeration, but instead had large water tanks in the rear. Besides, each boat had a secret door to large room spacious enough for minimum 300 people” he added.
According to the officials, the refugees in the trawlers had been shifted to smaller boat in Ranong’s Kapoe and Suk Samran districts and then, to Phang Nga’s Takua Pa district and Satun, where the humn traffickers would pick them up.
More Rohingya refugees will be seen passing via Thailand at the end of the rainy reason. Approximately, 30,000 Rohingya people in Myanmar and Bangladesh are know to be seeking refuge” said Thepsatree, Army Task Force deputy commander Colonel Uthit Anantananont.