nationals held in
On receiving information that a gang of criminals equipped
with heavy firearms entered Sualock area crossing the
On suspicion, the BDR challenged Hla Tun and U Tha Sein and arrested them after recovering some Burmese and Bangladeshi currency from them yesterday.
The BDR handed them over to police for interrogation without any firearms as they might receive false information.
Meanwhile, indigenous people of Tarachha, Baghmara, Sualock and traders of Ruma Bazar received letters demanding toll from extortionists.
Sources said criminals, having been paid ransom after the abduction of hotelier Hasan Mahmud Bablu last month, have become desperate. The criminals are now trying to establish supremacy in the area, they added.
For many years the Bandarban districts has been popular with the traders hawking in clothes, calendars and some other Burmese herbal medicines crossing the border.
In the back drop of law and orders turmoil situation, the
security has been made tighter than before. In that, many
innocent Arakanese who entered the area fleeing from