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173 Bangladeshi nationals to return home from Myanmar

by The Bangla Herald

The largest return of Bangladeshi citizens from
Myanmar took place as 173 ‘verified Bangladeshi’ today en route home from
Sittwe prison in Rakhine State of Myanmar, said the Bangladesh Embassy in

The returnees were carried by the ‘Myanmar Naval Ship Chin Dwin’ which is
visiting Bangladesh to bring back 285 Myanmar security personnel who were
forced to cross the border into Bangladeshi territory due to conflict in
Rakhine state, according to a press release, issued by Bangladesh Embassy in
Yangon, received here.

The ship is expected to reach the Bangladesh terrain on Wednesday and the
handover procedure of the Bangladeshi citizens to the relevant authorities
will take place.

Out of the 173 persons, 129 are from Cox’s Bazar, 30 from Bandarban, 07 from
Rangamati, one each from Khagrachhari, Noakhali, Narayanganj, Chattogram,
Rajbari, Narsingdi and Nilphamari.

Bangladesh mission in Yangon, upon receipt of the information of the
tentative visit of the Myanmar ship to Bangladesh, took up the issue with the
Bangladesh Foreign and Home Ministries and relevant Myanmar authorities to
seize the opportunity to send back the maximum number of verified Bangladeshi
Nationals who were in different prisons in Myanmar.

The Embassy also pursued the relevant host authorities to bring the 144
‘verified and jail term completed or pardoned’ returnees in Sittwe prison for
smooth return and pursued for releasing the 29 verified Bangladeshi nationals
who were still serving their jail terms or under trial.

Pursuant to the Mission’s efforts the 29 persons were pardoned and sent back
to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Embassy in Yangon and Bangladesh Consulate in Sittwe have been
working steadfastly for this return since the last return of Bangladeshi
citizens that took place on October 3, 2023 when 29 Bangladeshis returned
home through a flag meeting.

Representatives of Bangladesh Embassy in Yangon and Bangladesh Consulate in
Sittwe were physically present to coordinate with the local authorities,
conduct verification process and issue Travel Permits in favour of the

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