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Border Areas Immigration Supervisory Headquarters (BAISH) is replaced by the police-Rakhine state government

July 15, 2013

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Border security in Rakhine State will not weaken after the Border Areas Immigration Supervisory Headquarters (BAISH) is replaced by the police, according to an official from the Rakhine State government.

The President Office announced on Saturday that the Border Region Immigration Control Headquarters has been deactivated on Friday.

“Police Colonel Bo Bo Oo, head of security police force, will take over the duties of the BAISH’s head starting from today (Saturday),” said Hla Thein, chairman of Rakhine State Information Committee and attorney-general.

However, the situation in Maungdaw is stable and no security forces have taken over the border outposts.

“I only knew that BAISH was abolished after watching the news at 8 PM. We will follow the instructions from the State. We’re still carrying out regional security and prosperity. There’s nothing to worry. The State is organizing a better system for border security,” said Htoo Hlaing, former deputy head of BAISH.

The Border Areas Immigration Supervisory Headquarters (BAISH) was formed in 1992 with the military, police, customs and immigration officers for border security.

Locals believe that illegal immigrants have entered the country while BAISH took the border security duties and briberies may have also been involved.

The local’s distrust in BAISH grew deeper after they were unable to control last year’s violence in Maungdaw township in time.

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