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Dhaka protests BGB member’s detention by Myanmar

May 29, 2014

Bangladesh has summoned Myanmar’s ambassador in Dhaka to protest against the detention of a border guard by Burma’s border police.

Nayek Md Mizanur Rahman of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) remained missing since Wednesday morning following “an indiscriminate firing by the Myanmar Border Guard Police”, the foreign ministry said.

Dhaka has demanded his release and also “a thorough investigation” into the incident to prevent a repeat.

Secretary (Bilateral) Mustafa Kamal handed over a “note verbale” to envoy Myo Myint Than on Thursday.

He also protested against the indiscriminate firing along the border.

The BGB member was patrolling along the Bangladesh-Myanmar international border with the team when he went missing amid indiscriminate firing.

According to the foreign ministry, the Myanmar ambassador promised that the matter would be immediately conveyed to the Myanmar authorities.

He also said “he would revert back to Bangladesh side as soon as he hears from them”.

The foreign ministry said Bangladesh embassy in Myanmar had also lodged “a strong protest” with the Myanmar foreign ministry.

It also demanded his release and an immediate investigation into the matter.

The foreign ministry said it was “closely monitoring the situation”.

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