CREDIT EMG 1 MAY 2013
Fourteen Bengalis have been captured on Saturday near Mingalardon Township in Yangon Region on suspicion of entering the country illegally while two remains at large, according to the North District Police Force.
Police were called to Thitseitkone ward, Thingankyunkyi village at 3:30 am to reports of suspected illegal Bengalis seen on Malikha Road.
“The police went there to investigate as soon as they received the reports and found that a Super Custom vehicle carrying the [suspected] illegal Bengalis went inside a compound on Malikha Road. They were able to capture 14 male Bengalis, but are still searching for the remaining two female Bengalis who fled the scene with the Super Custom vehicle,” said Lieutenant Colonel Soe Myint, chief of the North District Police Force.
The suspected immigrants are currently in custody at Mingalardon Police Station and will be charged in accordance with the immigration law.
“Illegal Bengalis have been frequently found during the inspections as they try to enter the country. The staffs from various departments who are on duty at the inspection gates should make detail inspections. In some cases, [the illegal Bengalis] were able to pass through many gates before they were captured after getting reports from the public. Some of the illegal Bengalis avoid the inspection gates and take cross-country paths so we will conduct more inspections,” said Than Naing Tun, office chief of the Ministry of Immigration and Population.
“[The suspected illegal Bengalis] were between the ages of twelve and twenty-one. They travelled from Rakhine State to Magway with two Pajaro vehicles. They switched the cars to Super Custom before travelling to Nay Pyi Taw,” said Zaw Win Thant, administrator of Thingankyunkyi village.
Tin Win, border affairs and security minster of Yangon regional government, said the police are investigating the linkages of the case.