Published on Monday, 19 August 2013 19:56
Myanmar’s soldiers and police on duty at Myanmar-Bangladesh border (Photo - EMG)
Myanmar’s district police denies two-day clashes between RSO and Myanmar riot police near Myanmar-Bangladesh border.
Myanmar’s Maungdaw District Police Lieutenant-Colonel Shwe Than yesterday denied two-day long clashes between Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) and Myanmar’s riot police between border pillar no. 54 and 55 on Myanmar-Bangladesh border and it was only the wrong news.
This wrong news came from Dhaka Tribune newspaper issued on August 14 that stated the shooting started on Wednesday night at around 9:00pm in the area between pillar no. 54 and 55 at Panchori Goritola area under Dochori union and went on at regular intervals until Thursday afternoon.
A few militant outfits including the RSO are trying to reorganise in the bordering area ever since the withdrawal of Myanmar’s Nasaka comprising members from military, police and customs, the Myanmar’s border security force, on July 12, cited the news from Dhaka Tribune.
Following the abolishment of the Nasaka, the Myanmar government once again decided to entrust Myanmar riot police with the task of securing its border. But, slow deployment of Myanmar riot police in place of Nasaka along the border has given Rohingya militants an opportunity to reorganise themselves, the newspaper said.
On July 31, Bangladesh border guard arrested two RSO commanders Shariful Islam and Ziaul Haque from remote Gorainnakata area of Dochori union as they were distributing relief among Rohingyas, said the newspaper.
The RSO has recently increased its activities by targeting the poor Rohingyas in the remote hilly areas on the frontier and tactfully providing them with food, shelter and training, said the newspaper. The outfit is said to have taken advantage of the relatively slack security measures on the border ahead of the national election in Bangladesh and in the absence of Nasaka, said the newspaper. Many residents of Panchori and Dochori area, preferring anonymity, said they had seen some RSO members with heavy weapons flocking near pillar no. 54 and 55 on Wednesday noon, said the newspaper. Around evening, they went to the barbed wire fence of the border and tried to enter into Myanmar and that is when the fighting ensued, said the newspaper.
In response to the wrong news of Dhaka Tribune, Police Lieutenant-Colonel Shwe Than yesterday replied that it was just the wrong news.
There had been no clashes between RSO and Myanmar riot police, adding that they had a meeting with the tactical commander who was taking duties at the border the day before. At the meeing he said that the news stated in Dhaka Tribune newspaper was wrong.
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