Myanmar border to be sealed off: Dipu Moni

Government to take legal actions against the locals giving shelters to the Rohingya Muslims

A file photo of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, who tried to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape sectarian violence, are kept under watch by Bangladeshi security officials after disembarking from an intercepted boat in Teknaf

The government has decided to seal off the frontiers with Myanmar to stop infiltration of Rohingya Muslims as the minority Burmese nationals flock into Bangladesh to escape persecution by the majority Buddhists, foreign minister tells parliament. Dipu Moni on Thursday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government would take legal actions against the locals giving shelters to the Rohingya Muslims, who had been creating pressure on Bangladesh. She, however, said Saudi Arabia and the other Muslim countries are sympathetic to the causes of the persecuted Muslims, putting the government under pressure to take any decision about infiltrating Rohingyas since 2.5 million Bangladeshis work in Saudi Arabia alone. “Given the recent unstable situation in the Rakhain state, the foreign ministry has adopted measures to immediately seal off the Myanmar border to stop the infiltration of the Myanmar nationals for national interests,” Dipu Moni told parliament replying to a question from Awami League MP Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury. The government, she said, had already taken measures to create awareness among local people in Cox’s Bazar against such infiltration. Local people had suggested the local authorities, local government bodies and border forces not to allow Myanmar nationals in any more, she informed the House. “Besides, the law enforcing agencies working at the local level have been instructed to take legal actions against illegal infiltrators and those giving them shelter,” said Dipu Moni.

Source: Dhaka Tribune