Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Burma: Bangladesh arrests two Burmese "spies"

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Three Burmese army personnel and another two spies were arrested in separate drives by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and members of Ansar-VDP (Village Defense People) from bordering Thansi and Naikhongchari upazilas of Bandarban district yesterday, said a source close to BDR from Naikhonchari.

A team of BDR arrested Sai Tha Loi, Maung Sai Tha and Cha Tha from a pagoda in Thansi area. They were in plainclothes and they claimed that they are the members of Burma’s army. All the three members are from Rakhine community, according to BDR source.

They (Burma’s armies) said that one of the members of Burma’s Army who was on duty to survey a pillar in the bordering area lost the magazine of his gun and fled to Bangladesh along with two of his colleagues for fear of punishment by concerned officer.

Local people believe that they penetrated to Bangladesh to observe the border situation in Bangladesh side under the guise of civilian. Thansi area is an isolated area where mostly Rakhine people and some local tribes are living and also it is near to Burma border. Burma’s armies believe that if the Bangladesh army had been deployed in Chittagong Hill Tracts, they could have got the detail information from this local people, said a local elder on condition of anonymity.

Later, the arrestees were brought to local BDR zone headquarters to confirm their statements.

In the meantime, members of the Ansar and VDP with the help of local people arrested two Burma nationals namely Nurul Hussain (20) and Hussain Ahmed (18), while they were taking photographs of bordering areas in Naikhongchari upazila. Later, they were handed over to BDR for further interrogations, said our correspondent from border area.

Earlier, Burma sent some spies to Bangladesh with cameras for taking photographs of bridges, BDR camps and other importing places, said a trader from Maungdaw town.

Tension runs high, along the Bangladesh-Burma borders in the recent days as the Burma started erecting barbed-wire fences unilaterally on 200 km land borders with Bangladesh, sources said.
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