The sleepy border shook with bullets and mortar shells intermittently throughout the night

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After a gap of seven hours, there was another round of shelling across the Ghumdhum border in Naikshyongchari upazila of Bandarban. The shelling started around 11 pm on Sunday around Dhekibnia border post of Myanmar near Konarpara of Ghumdhum Union. The firing of bullets and mortar shells continued till eight o’clock on Monday morning.

Prior to this, there was a gunfight with Myanmar’s insurgent group Arkan Army over the occupation of the Tumbru Right camp by the Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) near Dhekibnia from three o’clock in the morning last Saturday. Continuous shelling, mortar shelling continued till 5 pm yesterday.

According to the local residents, the Arkan Army took over the Tumbru Right camp at around five o’clock yesterday afternoon. Then the firing stopped. However, the shelling started at around 11 pm yesterday after occupying Dhekibnia border post near pillar number 34 of the border. The border area of Bangladesh was shaken by the sudden firing of shells and mortar shells. This caused new panic in the surrounding areas of Dhekibania.

Talking to the local residents, Tumbru Right Camp border post is very close to the locality of Bangladesh. The locality of Bangladesh is about 800 meters away from Dhekibania border post. Naf River and Paraban are located between Dhekibania and Bangladesh localities. Because of this, bullets and mortar shells did not hit people’s houses during the shelling in the Tumbru Wright camp, but in Dhekibanya.

According to the local residents, the Arkan Army took over the Tumbru Right camp at around five o’clock yesterday afternoon. Then the firing stopped. However, the shelling started at around 11 pm yesterday after occupying Dhekibnia border post near pillar number 34 of the border. The border area of Bangladesh was shaken by the sudden firing of shells and mortar shells. This caused new panic in the surrounding areas of Dhekibania.

Talking to the local residents, Tumbru Right Camp border post is very close to the locality of Bangladesh. The locality of Bangladesh is about 800 meters away from Dhekibania border post. Naf River and Paraban are located between Dhekibania and Bangladesh localities. Because of this, bullets and mortar shells did not hit people’s houses during the shelling in the Tumbru Wright camp, but in Dhekibanya.

Triratan Chakma, Naikshyongchari Upazila Education Officer, said that Baishphandi Government Primary School, Bhajabaniya Government Primary School, Tumbru Government Primary School, Tumbru Paschimkul Government Primary School and Dakshin Ghumdhum Government Primary School, Ghumdhum High School and Mishkatunnabi Dakhil Madrasa will remain closed until the situation normalizes. If the situation is normal, these educational institutions will be opened after discussing with the Deputy Commissioner, UNO.

Tumbru Paschimkul Government Primary School teacher Helal Uddin told Prothom Alo that students are not coming to school due to lack of security.
Yesterday, Deputy Commissioner Shah Mojahid Uddin said that private vehicles are prohibited on the roads that border Ghumdhum and Tumbru. Public transport has also been restricted.

Residents did not return home in fear
People of five villages of Ghumdhum Union of Naikxyongchari Upazila had left their homes and gone to safe shelter since early morning. Most of the people of Hindupara, Konarpara, Paschimkul, Uttarpara and Madhyampara went to the houses of their relatives in different areas including Ukhia Sadar. They haven’t returned home yet.

Dil Mohammad Bhutto, a member of the local Ghumdhum Union Parishad (UP), said that there was no shelling at the Tumru Right Camp border post. The environment is calm. However, people are still panicked.

According to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sources, 95 members of Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) have entered Bangladesh through the Tumbru border of Naikxyongchari Upazila of Bandarban with weapons due to the ongoing conflict inside Myanmar. BGB disarmed them and took them to safe shelter. Among them, 15 injured people have been treated.

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