Teknaf, Bangladesh: Burma’s Border Security Force (Nasaka) seized a Bangladeshi fishing boat from the Naf River in Bangladesh territorial waters on December 22 and detained the crew, according to Koniya from Zadi Mora village in Teknaf.

 

Twelve fishermen were fishing in Bangladesh waters with the help of a pulling net in a small boat without an engine at about 6 a.m. Suddenly, Nasaka personnel from “Roinnga Daung (Ywet Nhyo Daung) camp” from Maungdaw Township arrived and seized the fishing boat and rounded up the 12 fishermen, he added.

 

The fishing boat and the fishermen were brought to the Nasaka camp and detained till December 23.

The fishing boat is owned by Khobir Ahamed of Zadi Mora village, Teknaf union, in Cox’s Bazaar district, Bangladesh.

 

On December 23 early morning, one of the arrested fishermen was set free and the Nasaka asked him to bring Taka 1,000 per head from Bangladesh for the release of the rest.

 

The released fisherman collected Taka.12,000 from the family members of the victims and went back to the Nasaka camp for the release of the others.

 

The Nasaka released all the fishermen along with the fishing boat after taking Taka 12,000, said one of the feed fishermen.

 

According to local villagers, most of the fishermen who have been fishing in the Naf river for a long time have taken recommendation letters from the Nasaka authorities because they are abducted by Nasaka no matter where they are fishing whether in Burma or in Bangladesh. If they fail to take the letter the Nasaka will abduct them while fishing in the Naf River.