The people of Naikshyongchari in Bandarban and Palongkhali in Cox’s Bazar Ukhiya bordering Myanmar passed the night with some relief. One or two gunshots were heard after a few hours, but there was no heavy shelling from yesterday Tuesday night to eight o’clock Wednesday morning. Despite the fear, common people are seen on the streets from this morning.
Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) fired with the insurgent group Arakan Army from three o’clock in the morning last Saturday around the occupation of Myanmar’s Tumbru Right Camp and Dhengibnia border post on the other side of Naikshyongchari and Ukhia borders. After occupying the Tumbru Right Camp, the Arakan Army launched an attack to occupy the Dhekibnia border post last Sunday at around 11 pm. Unable to stop their attacks, 264 members of the country’s army, border guard force (BGP), police, immigration and other organizations have taken refuge in Bangladesh.
Local people say that they have heard that the Arkan Army has taken over Dhekibnia border post on Tuesday. As a result, the sound of gunfire has decreased since yesterday evening. A couple of shots were heard every few hours but there was no heavy shelling. After the conflict started in Myanmar, the people of 13 villages of Ghumdhum and Palangkhali are spending their days in fear and panic. Now they are getting some relief as the shells are reducing.
Two were killed by a mortar shell fired from Myanmar
The location of Mandal Para of Ghumdhum Union is very close to Dhengibnia border post in Myanmar. Touhidul Islam (42) of this village told Prothom Alo that the family members have been staying at a relative’s house in Teknaf’s Huaikxyong since last Sunday. Although he was afraid of life, he did not leave the cows, goats and poultry. He has received very little sound of gunfire since last night. He feels relieved.
At 8:30 am today in Ghumdhum’s Betbunia market, it is seen that most of the 50-60 shops have opened. People hang out in tea shops. Curry shops are getting crowded. Only a few shops in this market were open for a few days. Jalpaitli-Tumbru road from Betbunia Bazar has seen more movement of easybikes and battery-powered auto-rickshaws than before.
On Tuesday afternoon, Deputy Commissioner of Bandarban Shah Mojahid Uddin ordered to evacuate the people of Ward No. 1, 2 and 3 of Ghumdhum bordering Myanmar to shelters. A shelter has been opened at North Ghumdhum Government Primary School.
Yesterday at eight o’clock, it was found that 137 men, women and children have taken refuge there. Dil Mohammad Bhutto, a UP member of Ghumdhum, is feeding them. Dil Mohammad said, food is being arranged for them by the Union Parishad. When asked why the number of sheltered people is so low, he said that after two people were killed in a mortar shell fired from Myanmar in Jalpaitli last Monday afternoon, many have gone to their relatives’ homes. In some houses male members remained.
Palongkhali Union Parishad (UP) Chairman of Ukhia Upazila M Gafur Uddin Chowdhury said that the sound of gunfire has decreased since yesterday evening. But the people of the area are still in fear. The past experience of border people is not good. After being closed for 12 hours, the conflict started again between them.
Ghiyas Uddin (60) from Rahmat Bil area of Ukhia border said that there are various rebel groups inside Myanmar. Among them are the Arqan Army, RSO and Al Yaqeen. Although the war between the government forces and the Arkan Army is over, it is believed that the fighting between the rebel groups is going on for various reasons.
According to the prothomalo