After two days on the border of Myanmar across the Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar, the sound of mortar shells and gunshots is again being heard intermittently. Residents of Palangkhali and Teknaf upazilas of Ukhia were terrified by the sound of gunfire from 10:00 pm on Sunday to 6:30 am on Monday.
Palangkhali, Huaikong, Hnila and Sabrang Union border with Myanmar opposite the Naf River. Last two days, Saturday and Sunday, no sound was heard on this border. Gafur Uddin, Chairman of Palongkhali Union Parishad (UP), Noor Ahmed Anwari, Chairman of Hoikang UP, Rashed Mahmud Ali, Chairman of Hanila UP and Abdus Salam, Member of Ward No. 9 of Sabrang UP, said that the sound of gunshots has been heard since last night.
The Myanmar Army and the country’s Border Guard Police (BGP) have been fighting with the Arakan Army (AA) insurgents on the Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban border since last year. Residents of border areas are used to it; However, when the shots were fired, everyone panicked.
Gafur Uddin, chairman of Palongkhali UP, said that there was a lot of shelling from night to morning in Dhekibnia area opposite Balukhali, Palangkhali and Anjumanpara. However, hundreds of people were seen gathering at the border but moved towards Rakhine villages after the shelling stopped.
Jalal Ahmad, a resident of Hoikung Ulubonia, said that it is impossible to sleep in the constant shelling. No one is leaving the house unnecessarily due to gunshots.
Mohammad Ali, a member of Ward No. 9 of Hnila, said that no sound was found on Teknaf border on Saturday and Sunday. However, from Sunday night to six o’clock this morning, mortar shelling and shelling have been intermittent in Zambonia, Raimmbil, Perangpuru and Kainbanya areas of Myanmar opposite the border. Talking to the local people, he learned that more than half a hundred mortar shells and more than a few thousand bullets were fired on the border of Myanmar. People living on the other side of the border are scared.
Faridul Alam, a resident of Shahpari Dwip village in Sabrang Union, said that the houses on the other side of the border were shaking all night due to mortar shells and shells being fired. Hearing these words, small children are crying in fear.
Abdus Salam, a member of Ward No. 9 of Sabrang UP, said that the sounds of gunfire and mortar shells have been heard intermittently since night in Geduchhara and Megichong areas of Rakhine, opposite Shahpari Island.
Teknaf-2 BGB captain Lt. Col. Mohiuddin Ahmed told Prothom Alo that mortars and gunshots are coming from different borders of Myanmar. It is an internal problem of their country. However, BGB patrol has been strengthened along with strict surveillance at Teknaf border. No one will be allowed to infiltrate across the border.
Teknaf upazila executive officer (UNO). Adnan Chowdhury told Prothom Alo that the higher authorities are informed about this. Border patrols of BGB and Coast Guard have been strengthened and vigilance has been increased and people living along the border have been asked to be vigilant.
Accordint to the prothomalo