MYNAMAR AND THAI PRISONERS SHIFTED TO DIFFERENT JAILS IN
BANDARBAN, April 17: A total of 140
The jail authorities informed that under green signals from the higher authorities they kept 552
DIG of prison of
A source in the Bandarban prison said the prisoners might resort to tougher agitation at any moment as the (
The agitation on the charge of which the government started shifting the prisoners to different prisons was in the form of their declaration that they would commit [suicide] en mass if they were not sent to their countries.
They, as a first step to this, went on hunger strike. Their demand to send them to their countries came at the backdrop of the fact that their punishment period ended long since and that the governments of their countries were reluctant to take them back.
The shifting of 140 prisoners was the first step to the government plan to baffle the prisoners’ plan of committing suicide en mass.
Sources said the foreign prisoners underwent untold sufferings in the prison where 800 prisoners were kept against its capacity of accommodating only 144. their long prison life in the midst of scarcity of food, lack of health care facilities and their exposure to infectious diseases turned unbearable for them and the prison turned virtually to a hell for them.
After the end of their punishment period, they had to pay taka 500 each to the jail authority a month for accommodation in the jail and or else they were given accommodations in rooms considered hazardous for their health.
Moreover, the reluctance of their governments to take them back home forced them to resort to the suicidal plan to realize their demand.
[Source: The Independent,