Four Bangladeshi fishermen were kidnapped allegedly by Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar from the Naf River in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar yesterday.
The fishing trawler they were on was also seized.
The victims -- Azim Ullah, Mohammad Abdullah, Abul Kalam and Mohammad Hasan -- are residents of the upazila's Shah Porir Dwip, our Cox's Bazar correspondent reports quoting trawler owner Aman Ullah and locals.
Aman Ullah said his cousin Azim and three other fishermen took his trawler and went to the Naf river near Jaliapara area in the early morning to catch hilsa.
At one point, a team of BGP troops on a speedboat approached the fishing trawler and took away the fishermen at gunpoint, he alleged.
Around 7:00am, one of the fishermen called him over mobile phone from Myanmar saying some “BGP members” had abducted them and wanted Tk 3 lakh as ransom for their release, Aman Ullah claimed.
He said he informed the matter to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
Contacted, Foysal Hasan Khan, director of BGB Battalion-2 in Teknaf, said, “We learnt about the incident of kidnapping. We are trying to contact BGP high officials.”