Bangladeshi citizens in extreme risk along Myanmar border: Rizvi
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi today expressed concern that Bangladeshi citizens along the Myanmar border are extremely unprotected as people are getting killed and injured by stray bullets and mortar shells.
Speaking at a press briefing at the party's Nayapaltan central office, he also blamed the government for the death of a Bangladeshi citizen in a mortar shell fired by Myanmar.
"No man or woman is safe inside Bangladesh along the border. People are losing their lives being hit by mortar shells. We want to see necessary efforts and activities to ensure the security of the country and its people and make the sovereignty stronger," the BNP leader said.
He also questioned why a Bangladeshi woman was killed by a mortar shell fired by another country. "Where is the appropriate response to the incident? The government can't even lodge a written protest as it's a weak regime which has no public support."
Rizvi said the Awami League government cannot do anything to deescalate the border tension since it has been in power depending on the state apparatus.
"They fear their (foreign) masters, but they use guns to terrorise the people of the country," he said.
A tense situation has been prevailing along the border between Bandarban's Naikhongchhari, Ghumdhum, and Tumbru amid fierce fighting, skirmishes, and gunfire between the armed forces of the military junta and insurgent groups inside Myanmar for nearly two weeks.
Over 300 Myanmar forces and border guards have so far taken shelter in Bangladesh as of Wednesday noon in the wake of conflicts along the border.
Meanwhile, two people--a Bangladeshi woman and a Rohingya man-- were killed when mortar shells from the Myanmar side landed on a kitchen at Jalpaitli village of Ghumdhum union in Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban on Monday.
"People are entering Bangladesh in groups from the neighbouring country. But the Bangladesh government is silent. Even, the government didn't dare to protest when a BGB member was killed in BSF firing."
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's call for exercising restrain and maintain peace now threatens the country's sovereignty. "As a result, our border guards are retreating every day, putting the people of Bangladesh in danger."
Rizvi claimed that during the rules of Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, the border areas of Bangladesh were secured and the people were safe.
"Only the prime minister of the dummy government and her cohorts called the January 7 election free and fair. But it was the worst mockery of the century," he added.