Border Guard Bangladesh has brought back nine Bangladeshi fishermen detained by Myanmar authorities two weeks ago.
The nine fishermen were brought back to Bangladesh on Wednesday after a flag meeting between BGB and Myanmar’s Border Guard Police at bordering Maungdaw town of the neighbour country.
The returnees are Nurul Alam, Ismail Hossain, Md Iliyus, Md Yunus, Md Alam, Saiful, Salim Ullah, Nur Kamal and Lalu Mia.
They are aged between 11 to 46 years and residents Shah Porir Dwip of Cox’s Bazar.
The fishermen were adrift in Myanmar maritime area on November 10, said BGB Teknaf battalion-2 commanding officer lieutenant colonel Mohammad Foysal Hasan Khan.
He said that the fishermen were fishing in the sea on November 10, two kilometres away from St. Martin’s Island.
Their fishing trawler stopped functioning due to engine failure and sea tides took them to Myanmar maritime area.
Border Guard Police detained them and took into their custody.
BGB immediately started an initiative to bring the fishermen back to Bangladesh and approached the Border Guard Police.
A 10-member Bangladesh delegate, led by lieutenant colonel Foysal, held a flag meeting with Border Guard Police officer lieutenant colonel Zaw Lin Aung Wednesday at bordering Maungdaw and then brought the nine back to Bangladesh.
The nine fishermen were sent to mandatory quarantine, said a press release of BGB.
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