Growing Bengali population in prohibited area causes new adverse effect on Myanmar

Writer: 
Min Naing Soe
Foreign diplomats including Chinese ones go and meet those living illegally out of border line fence at the edge of Taungpyo border.
Bengali population in the prohibited area where no one lives within Myanmar territory near the boundary line of Myanmar and Bangladesh has been increasing day by day. Although Myanmar securities are able to deal with this problem, it seems to create a new adverse effect on Myanmar, said Zaw Htay, Director-General of the State Counsellor Office, told the Daily Eleven Newspaper.
 
“The boundary line is Myanmar’s territory. In these places, no one is allowed living according to the bilateral agreement of the two countries. But Bengalis are living there. Myanmar government is able to deal with this problem, but Bangladesh installed CCTV cameras in their side to create fabricated stories.
 
“If our country dealt with this problem just like the former way of cracking down the squatters locally, Bangladesh would exaggerate the real situation in use of photos, video files and other made-up evidences. In this state, Myanmar is being considerably slammed. We believe that newly fabricated stories would be created in order to undermine the dignity of Myanmar. They have prepared to set up a trap for Myanmar. We won’t go in the trap,” Zaw Htay said.
 
Those living in the prohibited area don’t have adequate food and medicines, but INGOs are providing assistance to them in order to live longer there with the permission of the government of Bangladesh, Zaw Htay said.
 
“We mentioned that Bangladesh was supporting those living in the prohibited area. Pits are dug in Bangladesh side. Bunkers and infrastructures are also built. We can say that their acts are aimed at protecting consequences. These constructions are not allowed in the bilateral agreement. For that reason, Myanmar objected to inappropriate measures of the neighbouring country. We objected to the support of Bangladeshi government and the construction of bunkers,” Zaw Htay said.
 
“The leader of those living near the boundary line is Din Mohamed, who is a strong supporter to ARSA. The authorities are trying to arrest Din Mohamed. The terrorists got mixed up in the group led by Din Mohamed,” Zaw Htay said.
 
The terrorists are afraid of being arrested because their names are on the list proposed by Myanmar government. Therefore, they do not live in the refugee camps. The terrorists rented houses nearby villages for staying. They mix with those living near the boundary line. What we review is that those living near the boundary line are giving false evidences and messages to the international community, Zaw Htay said.
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut