Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Burma: Bangladesh army in fire-fight with Burmese insurgent group

A gun fight occurred between Bangladesh Army and members of the Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA) an insurgent group of Burma in the Chittagong Hill Tracts on night of February 12.Two DPA members were killed and soldier of the Bangladesh Army was injured, according to a source close to army.

A Sergeant Hindrawsh was wounded and brought to Chittagong Medical Hospital for treatment. There was also a body of DPA member which was brought by the police. The other body was not found.

Bangladeshi troops also seized some heavy guns and ammunition along with some equipment from the insurgent group. On that day, early in the morning the Bangladesh Army found four-motar shells, one LMG, One G-3 Rifle, three magazines of G-3 Rifle, one Walky-Talky set, 168 rounds of ammunition (different types), blankets, some clothes and some medicines.

The fighting was took place at Yeyang Kiyang near Munu Yam Para of Fhindu union of Ruma upazila under Bandarban district. The army operation is still on.

Reinforcements were sent to the Bangladesh Army. To arrest the Burmese insurgent group, the army deployment was reinforced in Ruma upazila and Rohanchari upazila.

The Bandarban Regional Commander Brigadier General Mahfuzur Rahman went to the spot to oversee the situation, said an official.

Since last month, the DPA members have been into anti-social activities in Ruma and Rohanchari upazilas such as toll collection from villagers and kidnapping people and releasing the hostages after taking huge sums of money. As a result, the army operation had to be launched to check DPA activities, said police superintendent Md. Shahidul to reporters in the evening of February 12.

A local from Rohanchari on condition of anonymity said, "The DPA members have staying these areas for a long time. They belong to Arakan State of Burma. Why did they collect toll and kidnap Bangladeshi people? he asked adding that these kinds of activities of the DPA destroy the image of other activists of Arakan State."

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