Eleven Burmese nationals drown in Naff River

Narinjara News: 9/30/2009

Maungdaw : Eleven Burmese nationals are feared to have drowned when their row boat sank in the Naff River on Monday night, while they were crossing over to Bangladesh illegally from Burma, according to a source.

“The bodies of two women were recovered by the Bangladesh Police on Tuesday from the Naff River in Bangladesh, while the Burmese authorities have recovered the bodies of five men near Sanpay Pin Yin village in Maungdaw Township,” he said.

Bangladeshi police officials have confirmed that two bodies of Rohingya women were recovered from the Naff River, near a sluice gate of Jhinapara under Teknaf Township in Bangladesh.

One of the two women has been identified as Mrs Rahima Khatun (60), wife of late Shahidullah of Foyezipara village in Maungdaw Township, said police officials quoting locals.

According to a local source, the two victims were part of the group and they drowned when the boat capsized near the Teknaf border.

A local source said, five bodies of Muslim people were recovered by a Nasaka team from Sanpay Pin Yin outpost located near the bank of the Naff River, a few miles north of Maungdaw, early on Tuesday morning.

However, the Nasaka authorities buried the bodies at a nearby graveyard with the help of the local people without conducting any autopsy at a hospital.

A source from Teknaf said, most of the victims were from Maung Ni Village of Maungdaw Township and they drowned while attempting to cross the Naff River in a row boat illegally at night.

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