16 Burmese fishermen arrested by Bangladesh Coast Guard

16 Burmese fishermen arrested by Bangladesh Coast Guard

The Bangladesh Coast Guard arrested 16 Burmese nationals along with 2 trawlers after they illegally trespassed in to Bangladesh waters during the early hours of 29 November 2019.

The Burmese citizens intruded some 56 nautical miles inside Bangladesh’s territory when they were apprehended by Bangladeshi authorities.

The foreigners were transferred to the Bangladesh Police from St Martin Island to Teknaf. Bangladesh has increased security along its borders with Myanmar due to the ongoing Rohingya crisis and narcotics smuggling by Burmese nationals. Myanmar fishermen are also occasionally caught in the security net if they enter Bangladesh illegally.

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