Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Dhaka, Bangladesh: Bangladesh security forces yesterday held 13 Burmese nationals from the Biswa Ijtema (the world congregation) ground at Tongi of Dhaka for entering Bangladesh territory without legal papers but released them later, said Nurul Alam, a reporter of Kaladan Press.

A duty officer at the control room told that they did not keep any record of the Burmese nationals.

According to police officials and witnesses, the Detective Branch (DB) of police on suspicion caught one Mahibur Rahman from the venue at noon. Following his statement, the DB and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) caught 12 others, Nurul Alam further added.

Of the detainees, five were identified as Mahibur Rahman, 50, Karimullah,40,  Mohammed Ali, 23,  Zakir Ahmed, 22, and Ruhul Kabir.  They all hailed from Maungdaw Township of Arakan State, he more added.

It is learnt that about over 500 devotees applied for passport to the Immigration and Manpower authority of Maungdaw township of Arakan State to get permission to attend the Biswa Ijtema in Bangladesh. But, the authorities concerned have not yet issued permission to participate the Ijtema though the authorities concerned had taken Kyat 7,000 each devotee, said a person from Maungdaw Township on condition of anonymity.

Therefore, the arrested 13 Burmese nationals crossed the Burma-Bangladesh border by taking one day pass and proceeded to Dhaka to join the Ijtem, he further said.