68 Released Burmese Prisoners Return Home
Maungdaw: 68 Burmese nationals were able to return home yesterday from Bangladesh after languishing in Bangladesh prisons for many years.
A witness said, “They arrived at Maungdaw from Bangladesh at 6 pm by ferry and now they are staying at a primary school near the football grounds in Maungdaw.”
Among the release prisoners are 20 people from Maungdaw and nine from Buthidaung. The remaining prisoners are from Sittwe, Paletwa in Chin State and Mawlamyin in Mon State.
“I saw only one woman among them and she is from Paletwa Township. She served many years in Bangladesh,” the witness said.
The prisoners were transferred by Bangladesh authorities to Burma during a flag meeting that was held in Teknaf in Bangladesh, opposite Burma’s Maungdaw, yesterday.
At the flag meeting, a 16-member Burmese team was led by the Nasaka sector 6 commander while a seven-member Bangladesh team was led by Bangladesh Rifles Battalion 42’s commander.
According to a Bangladesh source, there are over 130 Burmese prisoners due to be released from custody, but Burmese authorities have so far only agreed to accept the 68.
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