Teknaf, Bangladesh: A Burmese cattle trader was shot dead by robbers while crossing the Burma-Bangladesh border with cattle in a boat.

 

Five Burmese traders were transporting eights heads of cattle and four goats from Burma to Bangladesh as part of legal border trade on November 20, at about 6 p.m. On spotting the traders a group of Bangladeshi robbers, accounting for 11 armed men gave chase to the boat. Sensing the threat, the cattle traders reversed their boat towards the bank on the Burma side instead of approaching the Bangladesh river bank, said a trader who reached Bangladesh recently.

 

When the Burmese traders were trying to turn the engine boat towards Burma, the robbers tried to stop it by firing five rounds at them. But they were unable to do so.

 

A Burmese trader Khalsan (35), belonging to Kaing Khali village in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, Burma was hit by a bullet and died.

 

The body was carried to his village and buried in the village cemetery after permission from the concerned authorities, according to villagers.

 

The traders lodged a complaint with the Bangladesh authorities of and demanded security while goods are transported from Burma as part of border trade.