Myanmar deports illegal Bengali immigrants
Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday deported 52 Bengalis, including 35 Bangladeshis nationals who illegally reside in Ayeyawady region, according to police sources.
The illegal immigrants were sent back to their country after questioning but no legal action was taken against them, the police said.
They entered Ngayokekaung town, Pathein district, via the Bay of Bengal on August 13.
Authorities concerned spotted a suspected power schooner near Kalamachan, 50 yards from Gawyangi island in Pathein district and carried out inspection of the boat. The 52 were then arrested but the boat managed to drive off carrying the remaining Bengalis to the Bay of Bengal, said the police.
“We questioned those illegal immigrants at Pathein District Police Force on Wednesday. They said they would be heading to Malaysia via Myanmar. The boat stopped off Kalamachan as the seas were rough. According to the investigation, they were supposed to have entered Myanmar’s waters mistakenly. Such incident had happened before. The power boat was also seized on Paleik island. The arrested Bengalis have been sent back to their countries in that boat,” said police lieutenant colonel Zaw Win Kyaw, chief of the police force.
The illegal immigrants were asked to sign testimony before they were sent back.