BD-Myanmar border guarded

Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil

[Dhaka Correspondent] Protests, crackdown in Myanmar have prompted Bangladesh to alert its border security forces, sources in the Bangladesh Rifles confirmed. Bangladesh has a 271-km-long porous border with Myanmar. Security has been tightened and special surveillance has been initiated in Teknaf border areas, a senior official of the Bangladesh Rifles said, “We are keeping a close watch on the border to check any sort of infiltration. It will continue until the situation on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border becomes normal.”

Bangladesh had strained relations with its next-door neighbor Myanmar in the early ’90s after the influx of quarter of a million Muslim refugees from Arakan and the attack on Rejupara border outpost in Teknaf by Myanmar border guards, NASAKA. Tension along the border was later defused after a series of border talks and high-level bilateral meetings.

Most of the Rohingya refugees were repatriated through a tripartite agreement between Bangladesh, Myanmar and UNHCR.