Published on Friday, 26 July 2013 16:25
Naval vessel patrolling at the mouth of Kaladan River (Photo:EMG)
Myanmar’s Marine Police Force (MPF) members are reportedly preparing to be posted in three port cities of the Rakhine coastal region in western part of the country.
A MPF official says the chosen location for the base include Sittwe and Kyaukphyu for MPF offices, which will take responsibility for security in Myanmar’s waters.
According to Rakhine Conflict Investigation Commission’s report, Myanmar will take security measures of Rakhine coast such as strengthening naval forces, using seaside radars, patrol planes, CCTVs and assault boats by forming marine police and coastal police forces.
A company of marine police force will be deployed at Kyaukphyu port while two platoons will be stationed in Sittwe and Thandwe ports.
More marine police forces will also be formed and stationed at other seaports of the country such as Yangon, Dawei, Pathein, Mawlamyine, Myeik, Kawthoung, Mandalay and Wanpon (Megong).
Marine police forces are mainly responsible for prevention of human trafficking, arms and narcotic smuggling, sea robbery and transnational crimes and ensuring the rule of law in the country’s waters.
“Marine police forces are tasked with preventing offenses in the country’s waters, cooperating with police forces from neighbouring countries in tackling transnational crimes and rescuing natural disaster victims at sea,” said an official from Sittwe Marine Police Force.
“Rakhine coast borders both the land and waters of Bangladesh, where people cross in and out illegally. We need not only naval forces but also marine police forces for security. We have learned Sittwe will have only a platoon of marine police. So it is necessary to have a larger force and use modern weapons and high speed boats like in Bangladesh,” said a Maungdaw local resident.
About three years ago, a robbery gang of Bengalis reportedly robbed some villages of Maungdaw and Yathedaung townships in Rakhine state and raided the outposts of border immigration control forces. After committing a robbery, those Bengalis reportedly went into hiding through the water route. They also committed other offenses such as robbing cattle, stealthily catching fish and smuggling drugs.
Sittwe used to have marine police forces and customs patrol watercraft 40 or 50 years ago.
Marine Police Force was formed under Myanmar Police Force on July 9 last year following communal violence in Rakhine state in June.
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