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Friday, May 30, 2014, Jyaistha 16, 1421, Rajab 30, 1435 Hijri

BGB member Mizan becomes martyr like his father
Our Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-05-30,  Publish Time : 16:50,  View Count : 305
BANDARBAN: The body of Nayek Mizanur Rahman of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), who was abducted by the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) personnel on Tuesday morning, was found lying on the road near Fakira Bazar adjacent to Bandula in Myanmar on Friday morning.

Local union parishad chairman Rashid Ahmed said they saw Mizan's dead body lying near Fakira Bazar, adjacent to No. 1 Sub-Camp of Bandula in Myanmar, on Friday morning. Later, he informed the BGB's Painchhari Camp about it.

The Officer-in-Charge of Naikkhongchhari Police Station confirmed it.

It may be recalled that Mizan's father martyred Abdul Hafiz was a Lance Nayek of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) during the War of Liberation in 1971. He was a valiant freedom fighter and killed in a fierce gun battle with Pakistan occupation army during the liberation war. Though Abdul Hafiz laid down his life for the independence of his motherland, his family did not find his body during and after the liberation war. Following the footsteps of his father, Mizanur Rahman also joined the BDR later in his life.

Mizan served as Nayek at 31 Battalion of BGB until the last day of his life. He also faced the same reality 43 years after the country's independence. Like his father, Mizan was also killed two days after being abducted by the Myanmar BGP personnel.

Receiving information about the missing of Mizan on Thursday morning, his family members rushed to Naikkhongchhari BGB Camp on Friday. A pall of gloom descended on the area after they had burst into tears hearing about the fate of Mizan.

When the BGB members went to bring the body, Myanmar's BGP personnel started firing at the BGB members deliberately in the afternoon. Later, both sides exchanged fires at No. 52 border pillar at Painchhari of Naikkhongchhari frontier of Bandarban.

The exchange of fire between two sides began at 3.30pm which lasted till filing this report at 5pm.

Confirming about the incident, a senior official of BGB said the members of the BGP of Myanmar first started firing. Later, the BGB personnel gave reply.

However, there was no casualty in the incident, he said, adding that the situation along the border remained calm after the incident.

Sources said the BGP members fired 300 rounds of bullets at BGB members. Later, the BGB personnel built up resistance. The situation became calm at about 5pm.

On the other hand, following the start of firing by the Myanmar's border forces, the BGB found missing 31 Battalion of BGB Nayek Mizanur Rahman's body.

Tension along the border escalated after Nayek Mizanur Rahman of BGB went missing following an indiscriminate firing by the Myanmar Border Guard Police on Tuesday morning.

Receiving information, some 11 to 12 BGB members led by Sector Commander Farid Hasan sat with BGP members in a discussion. But their discussion was not fruitful. Being infuriated the BGP members returned to their camp and started firing on BGB members again.

Earlier on Thursday, Bangladesh strongly protested the firing and detaining the BGB member by Myanmar Border Guard Police along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, and demanded his immediate release.

The Myanmar envoy in Dhaka, U Myo Myint Than, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and handed over a note verbal conveying Dhaka's stance, said a Foreign Ministry media note.

The Myanmar envoy assured that the matter would duly be conveyed to the authorities concerned in Myanmar immediately and that he would get back to Bangladesh side as soon as he hears from them.

Bangladesh also demanded a thorough investigation into the incident to stop the recurrence of such incident in the future.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Myanmar also lodged a strong protest with the Myanmar Foreign Ministry demanding an immediate investigation into the matter and release of the captive BGB member.


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