Dhaka fears fresh influx from Rakhine

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BGB steps up security at India border fearing Rohingya push-back
BGB steps up security at India border fearing Rohingya push-back

The government is in fear of fresh exodus from Rakhine of Myanmar amid lack of improvement in security situation as now non-Muslim population like Buddhist, Khumi and people holding other ethnic identity has started entering into Bangladesh.
The government on Tuesday formally expressed its grave concern to Myanmar over the recent inflow from Rakhine region.
Foreign ministry director general M Delwar Hossain summoned Myanmar ambassador to Dhaka Lwin Oo and handed over a diplomatic note protesting at the latest inflow, diplomatic sources said.
‘We have information that a good number of non-Muslim people have already entered Bangladesh and if the security situation continues to deteriorate, there is a fear of fresh exodus to Bangladesh,’ a diplomat said.
The government demanded to the Myanmar authorities to take immediate steps to stop violence in Rakhine for stabilising the situation in the region and stopping inflow of displaced people towards Bangladesh, officials said.
‘We also asked them to stabilize Rakhine situation to avoid fresh round of exodus,’ he said.
More than 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning from August 25, 2017.
There are several hundred Hindus who have come to Bangladesh from Rakhine during the latest influx since August 25, 2017.
The ongoing Rohingya influx took the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh to about 11,16,000, according to estimates by UN agencies and Bangladesh foreign ministry.
Bangladesh and Myanmar announced a repatriation plan in November 2017, but the process was yet to start, as both sides blamed the other for the delay and rights groups warned that Rohingyas might be subjected to atrocities on return.

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