Between Damdamiya and Jadimora villages of Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf upazila, Laldia border is again hearing intermittent mortar and gunfire from Myanmar. The area falls under Hnila Union. People living in the border area are panicked.
On Wednesday morning from 3 am to 8:30 am, there were incidents of mortar shelling and firing in Rakhine on the border and across Myanmar. However, no sound was heard the previous day on Tuesday. Member of Ward No. 9 of Hnila Union Parishad (UP) Mohammad Ali confirmed this information at first light.
Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban border have been clashing with the rebel Arakan Army (AA) and the Myanmar Army and the country’s Border Guard Police (BGP) since last year. Residents of border areas are used to it. However, when the shots were fired, everyone panicked. And when the shelling stops, everyone works on the farm as usual.
Teknaf-2 BGB captain Lt. Col. Mohiuddin Ahmed told Prothom Alo, suddenly the sound of mortars and gunshots is heard in various borders of Myanmar. It is an internal problem of their country. However, BGB is in a strict position on Teknaf border. So that no new kind of Rohingya infiltration takes place based on this problem.
UP member Muhammad Ali said, “I was in Cox’s Bazar at night, but from 3 am to 8:30 am, there was mortar shelling and shelling in Zambonia, Raimmbil, Perangpuru and Kainbanya areas of Myanmar opposite the Laldia border. Talking to the local people, I learned that 28 mortar shells and more than a thousand bullets were fired at the border of Myanmar. Due to this, the people living on this side of the border have panicked.
Faridul Alam, a resident of Damdamia village, said that the houses on this side of the border were shaking from early morning till morning due to mortar shelling.
Nurul Islam, a resident of Jadimora village, said that the local residents are always in fear. Next to them is a huge settlement of Rohingyas in the mountains. Rohingyas are constantly involved in various types of crimes including murder, murder, kidnapping, ransom, drug-trafficking. The sound of mortar shells and gunfire on the other side of the border has been added to this. People have to spend sleepless nights. The local residents of Teknaf are suffering from the fear of mortar shells and bullets from inside Myanmar.
If contacted in this regard, Teknaf Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Md. Adnan Chowdhury said that the higher authorities are aware of this. Border residents have been asked to be vigilant.
According to the prothomalo