Maungdaw, Burma: Two fishermen were abducted by Nasaka,  Burma’s border security force, when they were fishing in Naff River in Bangladesh territorial waters near Palong Khali village on May 25, said Hasim a local fisherman.

The abducted fishermen were identified as Jahangir Hussain and his son.

The two were kidnapped by Nasaka personnel from Dayki Bonia (Taungbro left) in Maungdaw Township . Their fishing net and row boat were seized.

The fishermen were taken to Nasaka camp in Taungbru Left where they were handcuffed. However, the fishermen fled to Bangladesh in their handcuffs at night when the Nasaka personnel fell asleep after drinking.

“The Nasaka had demanded Taka 8,000 (Bangladesh currency) from us for our release. We lost our fishing nets and boat. But, the Nasaka did not torture us,” said Jahangir Hussain.

After escaping from the Nasaka, the fisherman went to the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) -the country’s border security force and informed them of the abduction. He requested the BDR to try and get back his fishing boat and fishing nets.

Nasaka is known to abduct fishermen from Bangladesh when they go fishing in the Naff River which separates the two countries.

“We believe that Bangladesh has never lodged a strong protest about the abduction of its fishermen, even though we fish in Bangladesh territorial waters.

“Bangladesh has good relations with Burma despite Bangladeshi fishermen facing severe difficulties in fishing in the Naff River ,” said a fisherman on condition of anonymity”.