The Bandarban border situation is becoming increasingly alarming due to excessive shelling and noise at the Tumbru border. The mortar shelling and shelling suddenly increased after 9 am on Tuesday. Within 30 minutes, at least 20 shells exploded at Tumbru border inside Myanmar.
The people of the Bangladesh territory of Tumbru border were also shaken by the loud sound of the mortar shell explosion. The border residents claim that the border situation is getting hotter and hotter.
Sumita Roy, a Bangladeshi who lives near Tumbru border, said there is no problem living here. But fear, panic is working in the mind. What will happen to the people in the family, husband and children, if the mortar shells fly. Since the mortar shell blast in Konarpara, children have not been sent to school. But there is no place to leave home. The administration and the UP chairman said that they will arrange places for 300 families living in security risk. I will go where they say for safety. Life of husband and children is more valuable than house.
Jahangir Aziz, chairman of Ghumdhum Union Parishad, said that the Tumbru area has been divided into two parts and the human settlement has fallen near the border. On both sides of the border lies the Tumbru area. The fighting on the Myanmar side of the Tumbru border is mainly between the armed separatist group Arakan Army (AA) and Myanmar government forces. In the conflict between the two sides, mortar shells and heavy weapons are sometimes falling in the territory of Bangladesh.
He said, although it seems normal, the border situation is unstable. The sound of gunshots is becoming more and more terrifying. Smoke from mortar shell explosions can also be seen in the hills beyond the Tumbru border. There are plans to move 300 families from the border. But so far no instructions have come from the higher authorities. Actions will be initiated once instructions are received.
Locals claim that the security system has been strengthened in the border areas of Tumbru, Baishphadi, Reju, Amtali, Fatrajhiri, Chakmapara of Ghumdhum Union of Naikshyongchari Upazila. Border Guard Bangladesh BGB has imposed strict restrictions on the movement of locals. The patrol has also been increased.
Along with border guards, administration, police and members of Ansar forces have also formed a security zone along the border. Due to tight security, local residents are unable to move from one neighborhood to another.
Naikshyongchari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Salma Ferdous said the border situation is worrying. There is panic among the residents of the border. Probable list of people living in security risk around the border area has been prepared. Various suggestions have also been sent to the higher ups. They will review the issues and decide what to do. Necessary measures will be taken for the safety of the public in the border areas as per the directives of the higher authorities.