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31 Rohingyas taken back by India

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Staff Reporter :
Thirty-one Rohingyas who had been waiting for last four days near the Bangladesh-India border in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria have gone back to India.
Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) escorted them from Kajiatoli area at about 10:30am on Tuesday. 
Few days ago on January 18, BSF tried to push these unfortunate men, women and children to Bangladesh.
Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Golam Kabir, Chief of the 25th BGB Battalion, said BSF had taken back the refugees without holding meeting with Border Guard Bangladesh members.
The Rohingya group comprised eight men, six women and 17 children, he said.
The Rohingya, a minority Muslim community subjected to persecution in Myanmar for years, live as refugees in various parts of the world - the largest group living in Bangladesh. More than a million Rohingya are living in camps in the southeast district of Cox's Bazar.
Getting information that BSF was trying to push the group of 13 refugees to Bangladesh, the BGB took measures to stop any attempt    of entry through the Kasba border.
As a result, the Rohingya nationals spent four day on a field at the Zero Point in Kaziatoli village of Kasba's Gopinathpur Union.
On Monday, the BSF troopers were seen supplying the families with tents and food. Border guards of India and Bangladesh met several times over the issue, but could not reach a solution.
Gopinathpur Union Council Chairman SM Mannan had earlier told journalists that BSF was trying to push the Rohingya group into Bangladesh.

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