Published on Thursday, 03 January 2013 17:13
Rakhine authorities are investigating 70 Bengalis who were arrested for illegally entering the country.
The Bengalis are among the 150 people who were en route to Malaysia to seek jobs there. Each had to pay 150,000 kyats (US$175) to a certain Hashim Easud, who will help them go through the borders.
Authorities said they were taken by a motorboat, and 70 of them were dropped at the beach of Damin Seikkyi village in Ye Township in Mon State on December 28. The Bengalis were told they were supposed to arrive at a beach in Thailand.
“A group of Bengalis came to a hut nearest to the beach at 8:30 pm on December 28. Locals informed the village authorities, and the paramilitary members arrested the migrants. They are now being inspected by police and immigration officers,” the village administrator said.
The Muslim-Bengalis came from the refugee camps in Sittwe Township in Rakhine State. The navy is now searching the motorboat carrying the other 80 people.
A total of 43 Bengalis were also charged for illegally entering Sittwe by boats on June 16 last year.
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