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Border tension after attack by Myanmar's border police
Publication Date : 02-06-2014
Bangladesh warned Myanmar of instant “befitting response” after the killing of its border guard Nayek Mizanur Rahman by the Myanmar Border Guard police.
Tension is still running high at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border at Painchhari of Naikkhangchhari in Bandarban since the attack on a Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) team on Wednesday.
“We want a friendly relationship with all bordering countries. But if they (Myanmar Border Guard Police) attack again, BGB will give befitting response immediately,” BGB's Chittagong region commander Brig Gen Syed Ahmed Ali said in a briefing yesterday.
The briefing was organised after the body of Mizanur, who was killed in the unprovoked attack on guards at the Myanmar borders on Wednesday, reached the Naikkhangchhari BGB camp yesterday afternoon.
Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) shot him and then reportedly intruded into Bangladesh territory to take his body away. On Friday, they attacked another BGB team there triggering a gun battle.
“They (BGP) must answer why they made such an attack,” the region commander said, adding that they would talk about it at the flag meeting with BGP scheduled for June 5 at the Bangdhu district of Myanmar.
Mizanur, son of a martyred freedom fighter, will be laid to rest at his home village Bholanagar.
Meanwhile, Myanmar deployed its army alongside their border police at the border while the BGB had reinforcement with heavy weapons since the skirmish on Wednesday.
State minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said Myanmar had assured Bangladesh of withdrawing its army deployed along the Naikkhangchhari border soon.
Talking to reporters following a meeting at his secretariat office, he also said the killing of Mizanur on Wednesday and the firing on a BGB team on Friday were due to some misunderstanding.
Meanwhile, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said, “Tension in the border has already cooled down … we are continuing regular activities with Myanmar. Things with Myanmar are moving on as usual.”
He said a delegation led by the director general of BGB would go to Myanmar on June 9 to have discussions with the Myanmar side.
He also said the foreign office consultations between between Bangladesh and Myanmar would be held in Dhaka on 18 June and the issues would be discussed at length there.