Burma's border security force, Nasaka, transferred on
Sunday to Bangladesh authorities the list of names of Bangladeshis who
were recently arrested on a boat by Burmese authorities, reported a source
close to Nasaka.
On 20 December, 2006, Nasaka forces arrested 56 Muslim people on a boat
that was headed to Malaysia. 15 of the 56 arrestees are from Bangladesh, he said.
Burmese authorities handed over the list of
names and addresses of the 15 Bangladesh nationals.
A source reported that of those arrested, 41
are Burmese Muslims from MaungdawTownship, while the other 15 are Bangladeshis from Teknaf and
According to a local source, the 56 had left
for Malaysia on a machine boat from Teknaf, a border town of Bangladesh opposite Maungdaw, around on 13 December. A day later the boat's engine failed
just northwest of Akyab, the capital of ArakanState.
After the engine failure, the boat floated at
sea for five days. On 19 December, two fishing boats from Akyab saw the boat
and towed it to the coastal area of Maungdaw at the request of the stranded
At that time, the Nasaka patrol team spotted
the boat being towed by the other two boats, and seized the boat, arresting the
passengers and crew.