Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Bangladesh police rescue 60 boat-people
On October 30, at around 1:00pm, an old risky fishing trawler with 60 boat-people were departed for Malaysia from Cox’s Bazar Ghat. After driving seven hours from Cox’s Bazar, on October 31, it reached at the offshore of Bahar Sara Shamlapur - a fishing village- at around 8:30 am, and anchored at the deep sea because of entering water into the trawler, said a returnee from Malasyia boat trip, who denied to be named.
“The passengers were frightening because of shaky position of the trawler. At this moment, the Dalal or Maji (leader) jumped into the sea and fled away. However, one of the passengers drove the trawler to the seashore of Baharsara Shamlapur and reached there at about 9:00am.”
On tip of information, a group of police led by Sub Inspector Masrul Haque from Bahar Sara police station to the spot where police seized the trawler and also arrested 25 passengers out of 60 people. The other 35 passengers fled away from the scene. If the passengers were not arrested, they will go again to Malaysia by sea route and may be face difficulties, so we rescued them from risky journey, said a police personnel from Shalarpur.
The arrestees are:- Md. Ayas (22), Abul Fayas (17), Seraz( 22), Rofique Ullah(25), Abdul Haque(20), Nurul Boshor(20), Md.Ibrahim(24), Abdul Rashid(25), Salim Ullah(23), Anayet Ullah(15), Zoina ( 22), Sayedur Rahaman(20), Rahamat Ullah (26), Md. Amin (25), Mohamed Nabi ( 21), Ayub Khan(30), Md. Ismail(20), Md. Imran(22), Nabi Hussain(40), Md. Tayub(40), Zamir Hussain( 23), Hussain Zohar (23), Abdul Gafar(20), Sayed Noor(22), and Azim Ullah (25), according to police.
The Dalal (agent) was collecting boat-people from inside Arakan and Bangladesh border side. Most of the boat-people are Rohingyas.
“Most of the boat-people are young who want leaving their motherland because of so many kinds of persecutions and movement restriction which made them jobless” said a youth preferring not to be named.
“One of the boat-people named Ahmed who returned to Bangladesh said, “I give Taka 30,000, before going to Malaysia, and will pay another Taka 70,000 after arriving in Malaysia.”
Another returnee said, “Dalals or Mazis change their sea route to Malaysia. Earlier, they board passengers from Shapuri Dip, Cox’s Bazar, Moshkhali and Chittagong, but now; they board passengers from Patuakali to evade the disturbance of concerned authorities.”