Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Coast Guard had been alerted to prevent entrance by illegal migrants at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
The minister made the statement while speaking with reporters at the Secretariat after a meeting on smuggling and trafficking at the borders on Sunday afternoon.
“Rohingya migration is an uncomfortable issue for Bangladesh. Hopefully, no more illegal migration will be happen at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border now,” Kamal said.
He said the move was to prevent illegal migration of Rohingyas.
“We have decided to set up surveillance at all of the land ports and will also conduct more drives against the smuggling of illegal firearms at the entry and exit points of the borders.”
The home minister said the authorities concerned had began operating scanning machines at the land ports with advanced monitoring system to catch smuggled goods.
“They have arrested 9,862 people during 308,000 drives against smuggling this year. They have also found 1,488 accused criminals in the first six months of the year,” he said.
During the drives the law enforcers seized goods worth Tk1,261 crore, he added.