The shelling at Naikshyongchari of Bandarban, Ukhia border of Cox’s Bazar has reduced but is intensifying at Teknaf border. Yesterday Saturday morning for four hours, the firing took place across the Uttarpara of Hoikang Union in Teknaf. Bullets hit shops and houses in the area. Although no one was injured, local residents are in panic.
A mortar shell hit Sabzikhe yesterday in Naikshyongchari, which had not heard the sound of gunfire for three days. Halima Begum, a local housewife, found it while working in a vegetable shop. Later he left it on the road in front of BGB’s Tumbru Border Observation Post (BOP) area. Locals call them mortar shells, but according to the BGB, they are actually rocket propelled grenades. Earlier, three mortar shells were recovered from Nayapara of Ghumdhum on Thursday, Madhyampara on Tuesday and Friday.
On the other hand, an unidentified body was recovered from the border area of Ukhiya. Shamim Hossain, OC of Ukhia police station, told Prothom Alo that a case has been filed against unknown accused in the case of body recovery. A bullet wound was found on the body.
Apart from this, the court sent 23 Rohingyas arrested with weapons from the border area to prison. After these armed Rohingyas infiltrated through the Ukhiya Bill of Mercy border on Tuesday, local representatives and people arrested them and handed them over to the BGB. Local people say that these escapees are members of the Arakan Rohingya Army (ARA). Nabi Hussain is the head of this armed separatist group.
Myanmar’s Border Guard Force (BGP) has been clashing with the insurgent group Arakan Army across the Naikshyongchari border since the night of February 2. Meanwhile, there are reports that the Arakan Army has taken over Tumbru Right Camp, Dhekibnia, Chakmakata, Kwangchimon and Kumirkhali border post after defeating BGP. There has been intermittent shelling and mortar shelling between the two sides since 3:00 p.m. on February 4. The next day, 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. Apart from this, 330 people including Myanmar army, border guards, customs officials entered Bangladesh. They are currently in BGB custody.
“I might have had to read my funeral today”
Uttarpara area half a kilometer east of Hoikong Bazar of Teknaf Upazila on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Highway. Myanmar border can be seen from there. The distance is only 300 yards. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Hoikang border outpost is 100 yards west of where the gunfire rang out yesterday in Uttarpara.
Yesterday at around 10:30 a.m. when he went to Uttarpara, resident Nur Hossain told Prothom Alo, “I was woken up by the sound of gunshots.” Then came just one shot after another. I don’t know what to do now. I am preparing to go elsewhere with my family.
The shelling started on Wednesday night in the Huaikong border area. But while it was quiet during the day, people heard gunshots on Thursday and Friday nights. However, for three days from Thursday to Saturday, the sound of gunfire was heard less in Naikshyongchari and Ukhia.
Nurul Islam, a grocery shopkeeper in Uttarpara, told Prothom Alo, “A bullet hit the wall behind my shop. The bullet could not enter because the wall was solid. Later, the administration people took away the bullet.
Not only Uttarpara near the border, a bullet entered through the window of Mohammad Afsar’s house at around seven in the morning in Majerpara area, one kilometer away. Afsar told Prothom Alo, “Everyone was at home then. No one was shot because Hayat was present.
Another bullet entered Dalu Mia’s house 500 yards east of the officer’s house through the window.
Local UP member Sirajul Mostafa told Prothom Alo, “A bullet flew in front of my eyes. Maybe I should have read the funeral today. Since the incident, BGB patrols have been increased.
According to the prothomalo