Sunday, 25 August 2019
Chittagong Bangladesh:  Eleven Burmese nationals are languishing in prison after finishing their term in Ragamati jail, in Bangladesh because the Burmese junta did not receive them. They are called "released prisoners" in Bangladesh, according to a person who was released recently.   


The released prisoners (RP) want go back to Burma but the Burmese government is not accepting them. Therefore their future is uncertain in Bangladesh.


The 11 Burmese nationals were arrested by Bangladesh authorities from Bilai Sara uparzilar for illegal entry. Initially three persons were arrested and later eight from the market.  They were sent to Ragamati court where they were sentenced to one year in jail.


The released prisoners are identified as Shab Meah (30), son of late Zalal Ahmed, from Yaung Chaung villge,  Nur Alam( 30), son of late Abdur Rahaman, Khitar Bill, Md. Hamid (28), son of late Siddik Ahamed . All these three belong to Buthidaung Township and were arrested from Faruia Bazaar of Bilia Sara upazila on June 24, 2006.  Later, they were sent to court on June 25. Their case was filed on June 24, 2006 and their GR number is 139/06 to July 31, 2007.


The other eight released  prisoners are Md Rafique (20), son of Shari Hussain, from Khitar Bill, Md. Younus (20), son of late Kala Meah, Habib Ullah (20), son of Sayed Alam, Abdu Sukkur (20), son of late Saley Ahamed, Abul Hasim (20), son of late Kasim, Md Hussain (18), son of late Hamid Hasan. All the arrestees hail from Buthidaung Township and another Sayed Yousuf (18), son of Abdu Khalek is from Bawli Bazaar of Maungdaw Township. They were arrested by Bangladesh authorities on December 30, 2007 and sent to jail on December 31, 2008. In Bilia Sara police station, their case was filed December 30, 2007 and their GR number is GR 390/07. Their jail term was completed on June 30, 2008.


If the released prisoners are transferred to Cox's Bazaar jail their relatives can go and meet them. Though Bangladesh authorities sent letters to the Burmese authorities regarding the released prisoners there was no response, according to Rafique who lives in Ragamati. 


On the other side, there are around 300 released prisoners are waiting in other jails in Bangladesh for their return home, if Burmese junta clears to accept them as citizen.