Rahmat Bill area one and a half kilometers east of Thaingkhali market of Ukhia upazila on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf road. Half a kilometer east of there is the border with Myanmar. On Tuesday afternoon, it was seen in Rahmat Bill area, fear on the faces of the local residents.
Many are leaving their homes and going to their relatives’ homes. The look of fear in the eyes, when the bullets hit!
From 12:30 noon to 5:00 p.m., gunshots were heard intermittently from the other side while staying in Rahmat Bill area. With the sound of gunshots, people are entering the house. Coming out again after a while. The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members there are warning the local residents. Local people are also warning the media workers.
The situation is the same in Ghumdhum border area of Naikxyongchari upazila of Bandarban. Residents of the border areas are spending sleepless nights due to the rain of bullets at night as well as during the day. Meanwhile, 149 members of the Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar’s Border Guard Force have entered through the Rahmat Bill border area of Ukhiya’s Palongkhali Union yesterday. Later they surrendered and laid down their arms. BGB keeps them in custody.
The clash between the BGP and the insurgent group Arakan Army has been going on since last Friday night. Relics of this conflict are prevailing in the locality of Bangladesh. Meanwhile, across the border, there are reports that the Arakan Army has taken over the Tumbru Right Camp and Dhekibaniya border post, defeating the BGP. The incidents of shelling and mortar shelling between the two sides have been going on since last Sunday from three o’clock in the morning. Last Monday, from 11 am to 12 pm 10 pm, helicopters were seen circling the sky of Myanmar. Two people were killed in a mortar shell fired from Myanmar on a kitchen in Jalpaitli village in Ghumdhum union on Monday. One is a Bangladeshi woman, the other is a Rohingya man.
Local people say that earlier on January 29 and 31, gunshots were heard from across the Ghumdhum border. At that time, at least four parts of mortar shells and shells fell in Tumbru, Konarpara and West Ghumdhum.
Moments of gunshots
Beola Khatun (60) can’t take her hands off her ears. The sound of gunshots coming from the other side. Beola Khatun has been spending five consecutive days like this since last Friday. Half a kilometer from his house is Dhenkibnia on the Myanmar border. This image was seen in front of his house in Rahmat Bill area of Myanmar border area of Ukhia Upazila Palongkhali Union of Cox’s Bazar yesterday afternoon. When he was talking to him at around 1.30 am, the sound of gunshots could still be heard. And he trembled with fear. On Tuesday around 10 am, bullets fired from Myanmar hit his house. The house tin has leaked. Beola Khatun told Prothom Alo that she has been hearing gunshots for five days. On Tuesday, bullets fell in the house rice and pond. Then he sent his son’s wife and grandchildren to a relative’s house. Beola Khatun will also leave after understanding the situation.
500 yards away from Beola’s house, a woman named Mumtaz Begum is sitting in the courtyard. Two hands on his ears. Mumtaz Begum told Prothom Alo that they are in fear. Children are crying at the sound of gunshots. They should be moved elsewhere for safety. Sanwara Begum made the same comment in tune with Mumtaz. He said, I would have left long ago to save my life. But how to leave home, cows and goats!
M Gafur Uddin Chowdhury, Chairman of Ukhia Upazila’s Palangkhali Union, told Prothom Alo in his office that there were gunshots after a while. The people of the area are in panic. The houses of many people are being shot. They should be moved elsewhere for safety.
Farmers ate without food
Bill of Mercy all the paddy fields around the border area. No farmer was seen there yesterday. Mohammad Rafiq of Rahmat Bill area told Prothom Alo that after hearing the sound of gunshots since last Friday night, they are no longer coming down to the land. They don’t know how many days they have to sit like this.
Another farmer, Abdul Barek, took away the words of farmer Rafiq and said, whatever is in the house, something is going on. If this goes on for a few more days, you will have to go without food.
The situation is the same for the farmers of Ghumdhum border areas. Most of the farmers here cultivated almonds and paddy. Farmer Mohammad Mia said, they have been sitting at home since Friday. Others have gone to their relatives’ houses out of fear. Survival is now big for them. Even if you are alive again, what will you eat?
Ukhiya Palangkhali UP chairman M Gafur Uddin Chowdhury told Prothom Alo that about two thousand farmers in the border area are unable to go to the land due to fear. Ghumdhum UP Chairman Jahangir Aziz said that nearly two thousand farmers in the border area are spending their days in fear.
Sleepless night of 13 village residents
At least 13 villages in the border area of Bangladesh are shaking with mortar shells and shelling around Myanmar’s Dhekibnia border post. The shelling and mortar shelling happened continuously from Monday night to six in the morning. As a result, Madhyampara, Jalpaitli, Mandalpara, Nayapara, Konarpara, Paschimkul, Betbunia Bazar Para and Ukhiyar Ghat, East Outpost Bill, Nalbania, Anjuman Para, Balukhali, Dakshin Balukhali areas of Palongkhali Union of Ukhia Upazila were shaken as a result.
Local people said that the rebel group Arkan Army started attacking around 11 pm on Sunday around the occupation of Dhekibania border post. Since then, the conflict between the Myanmar BGP and the Arkan Army has been going on intermittently. Last Monday afternoon, the Myanmar army fired at least a quarter of an hour by helicopter. After a break of a few hours, the clashes started again from 9 pm. This conflict is the worst. In the darkness of the night, helicopters fired shells, mortars were thrown.
According to the prothomalo