463 SSC candidates and their guardians of two upazilas on the border of Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban districts are passing the day in worry. But there are only six days left for the exam. Whether they will be able to take the exam at the designated center is not known till yesterday Thursday.
Meanwhile, local people did not hear the sound of gunshots except two in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban border areas yesterday. They are trying to return to normal life. People in shelters have also returned home.
However, from eight o’clock last night, gunshots were heard intermittently in Unchiprang, Nayapara, Lumberbil areas of Hoikung Union of Teknaf Upazila. Local fisherman Mahfuzur Rahman told Prothom Alo at night that he has a fish farm in the area adjacent to Naf river on the border. But the sound of gunfire has increased since 8 pm, due to which people are not coming out of the house.
The unexploded mortar shell was taken into their custody by the BGB. It is kept away from the locality to avoid accidents. The bomb expert team will come and do the next thing.
UP member Anwarul Islam
Yesterday two members of the Myanmar Border Guard Force (BGP) entered Bangladesh through the Hoikang border in Teknaf in the face of attacks by insurgent groups including the Arakan Army. With this, the total number of Myanmar border guards, army, customs officials who came to Bangladesh stood at 330. They are in the custody of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). Discussions are going on whether they will be taken to Myanmar by plane or by sea. Considering administrative convenience, 101 people from Tumbru in Naikshyongchari of Bandarban were shifted to Hnila in Teknaf yesterday afternoon under tight security.
Yesterday, a mortar shell was found in a reservoir in Nayapara area of Ghumdhum union of Naikshyongchari upazila. Law enforcement officials believe it is unexploded. Local children found it while collecting wood. Local UP member Anwarul Islam said that the unexploded mortar shell was taken into their custody by the BGB. It is kept away from the locality to avoid accidents. The bomb expert team will come and do the next thing.
There are 159 candidates from Ghumdhum High School of Naikshyongchari, 233 students from Kutupalong High School of Ukhia Upazila and 71 students from Balukhali Kasemia High School.
Since the night of February 2, Myanmar’s border guard BGP has been fighting with the insurgent group Arakan Army across the Naikshyongchari border. Meanwhile, there are reports that the Arakan Army has taken over Tumbru Right Camp and Dhengibnia border post after defeating BGP. There has been intermittent shelling and mortar shelling between the two sides since 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday, two people were killed when a mortar shell fired from Myanmar hit a kitchen in Jalpaitli village of Ghumdhum union in Naikshyongchari. Among the two victims, one is a Bangladeshi woman and the other is a Rohingya man.
463 SSC candidates are worried
463 SSC candidates from three schools bordering Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar and Naikxyongchari Upazila of Bandarban are worried. Among them, there are 159 students from Ghumdhum High School in Naikshyongchari, 233 students from Kutupalong High School in Ukhia Upazila and 71 students from Kasemia High School in Balukhali. These exams are supposed to take part in the SSC exam which started from February 15. Their examination center is Ghoodhoom High School. The location of the school is just one kilometer from Mandalpara border in Ghumdhum.
Yesterday morning, when I went to Ghumdhum High School, I met Manik Chakraborty, the father of SSC candidate Lakshmi Chakraborty of this school. He told Prothom Alo, “There is one more week left for the exam. I am worried about where the girl will give the exam.
Lakshmi Chakraborty is also worried. He was saying to Prothom Alo, ‘I was terrified by the sound of gunfire all around. Gunshots could be heard in the vicinity of the center where the examination will take place. In this situation, I don’t know if we can take the exam at the center designated for us.
When asked to know, Khairul Bashar, the headmaster of Ghumdhum High School, told Prothom Alo yesterday that the examination is scheduled to be held in this center in the current situation. Further decision will be taken after understanding the situation. However, other centers are also being considered as alternatives.
When asked, Academic Supervisor Mohammad Sohel Mia, who is in charge of Naikxyongchari Upazila Secondary Education Officer, told Prothom Alo yesterday evening, “Thinking of the examinees, we have sent the proposal to center four schools as an alternative to the District Commissioner. Hopefully, the matter of the center will be decided soon.
Panic is rising at the border
People who took shelter in the houses of their relatives have started returning to their homes as the shelling in the Naikshyongchari, Ukhia and Teknaf border areas subsided yesterday.
Yesterday morning, when I went to the Tumbru market in Naikshyongchari, it was seen that people were shopping. Mohammad Solaiman, who came to the market, said that they are going out because the situation is a little better than before.
The same picture was seen in Rahmat Bil of Ukhia Upazila and Ulubuniya area of Teknaf Upazila. Abdul Noor, a farmer in the Rahmat Bill border area, told Prothom Alo that it is difficult to work properly if the situation is not completely normal. If you don’t work, it will be difficult to survive.
However, attendance in six primary schools in the Ukhia border area was very low yesterday. Aziz Ullah, headmaster of Rahmat Bill Government Primary School in Palongkhali Union of Ukhia, which is one kilometer away from the border, told Prothom Alo yesterday that no gunshots were heard on Thursday. Still students are not coming to school.
However, seven educational institutions along the Tumbru-Ghumdhum border of Naikshyongchari remained closed till Thursday.
According to the prothomalo