Indefinite travel ban on Saint Martin from Feb 10
Dhaka, Feb 8: Due to the ongoing tension along the Myanmar border, the district administration has decided to stop sea travel to Saint Martin. From February 10, travel from Cox's Bazar and Teknaf to Saint Martin will not be allowed.
Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md. Adnan Chowdhury confirmed this information to the media at 9 pm on Wednesday (Feb 7).
He said that for the sake of security, the district administration has announced the closure of tourist ships on the sea route to St. Martin from February 10 until further instructions. This decision has been taken for security reasons. However, he also said that the two ships that come directly from Chittagong to Saint Martin will continue to operate normally.
Recently, the clashes between the rebels and the military junta of Myanmar have created tension on the Bangladesh border. The day-long clashes and the sound of heavy ammunition coming from the other side do not stop the panic in the Bangladeshi towns on the Myanmar border. Unable to survive the ongoing conflict with the Arakan Army, 328 border guards have come and taken refuge in Bangladesh so far.
BGB Director General Major General Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman Siddiqui advised to stop traveling to St. Martin for the sake of security as the conflict between the army and the rebels continues inside Myanmar.
He gave this advice while inspecting Tumbru and Ghumdhum border and adjoining BOP of Naikxyongchari upazila of Bandarban in charge of BGB's Cox's Bazar Battalion (34 BGB) on Wednesday morning.
Later, during an exchange of views with journalists, the BGB Director General said that the border situation is completely under the control of the BGB. We are trying our best to deal with the situation by following the instructions of the Prime Minister, being patient, humane and maintaining good international relations. Regardless of the circumstances, no one else will be allowed to enter Bangladesh illegally.
He added that BGB is ready to make the utmost sacrifice to deal with any situation arising on the border to protect the sovereignty of the country.