Burmese Prisoners in a Bangladeshi jail – on another Hunger strike
Chittagong, 4th November: Two hundred and thirty seven Burmese prisoners in the Bandarban prison, in the southeastern hilly district of Bangladesh bordering with Burma, some of whom have overstayed their prison terms by as much as nine years threatened to resort to another ‘fast unto death’ hunger strike unless they are repatriated, according to our correspondent.
As the prisoners started their hunger strike on Saturday the District Commissioner of Bandarban visited the prison and called on them to refrain from ‘such meaningless acts’ on condition that he would try his best to take measures for solving their prolonged detention. In reply the prisoners told the DC that, they would go for mass suicide unless immediate steps are taken to repatriate or free them.
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A source in the jail told our correspondent that the Burmese prisoners would take up mass suicide if they are not freed shortly. They expressed that the life in the jail has become unbearable for the inhuman conditions prevailing there. It is alleged that many of the ‘troublemaking’ Burmese ‘released’ prisoners are now kept in solitary confinement – for ‘fear of more trouble.’
The prison authority said that a number of state-level correspondences have been made for the release of these prisoners to no effect since all the while the Burmese authority have remained silent refusing to answer the queries.
there was another continuous hunger strike of three hundred Burmese prisoners
in Bandarban jail who the authority moved to other
According to a source, the district administration is in a tight fix regarding the ways to deal with the prisoners because there is no other way besides repatriating them through international efforts.
Meanwhile the environment inside the Bandarban jail is deteriorating with the uneasiness prevailing among the Burmese prisoners detained for too long inside the jail. #