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Bangladeshi migrants home after sea rescue: govt

A group of 175 migrants who were among hundreds rescued at sea in December en route to South East Asian countries have returned to Bangladesh, an official said Tuesday.

Most were believed to be ethnic Muslim Rohingyas, who had earlier escaped from Myanmar into Bangladesh.

The migrants were heading for Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia in four boats when the Indian coastguard picked them up in the Bay of Bengal Noun 1. Bay of Bengal - an arm of the Indian Ocean to the east of India
Andaman Sea - part of the Bay of Bengal to the west of the Malay Peninsula

Indian Ocean - the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia on the north, Australia on the east
 near the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ăn`dəmən, nĭk`ōbär), union territory (2001 provisional pop. 356,265), India, in the Bay of Bengal. Port Blair (1991 pop. 74,955), in the Andamans, is the capital. , where they were held for the past eight months.

They had been promised jobs in the South East Asian countries but did not have the appropriate visas.

After they were rescued by the Indians, the migrants accused the Thai Navy of having earlier found them in Thai waters and seizing their navigation equipment before towing them out to sea with insufficient food and water.

"They are now on their way to Cox's Bazar Cox's Bazar is a major city and district in Bangladesh. It is also one of the world's longest natural sandy sea beaches (120 km) including mud flats. It is located 150 km south of Chittagong.  and Chittagong districts in southeastern Bangladesh. We are trying to establish whether any of them are Rohingyas," police superintendent Shakhawat Hossain told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

Monowara Sarker, of the charity Red Crescent Red Crescent
1. A branch of the Red Cross organization operating in a Muslim country.

2. The crescent-shaped emblem of such a branch.
 which is helping to repatriate repatriate

To bring home assets that are currently held in a foreign country. Domestic corporations are frequently taxed on the profits that they repatriate, a factor inducing the firms to leave overseas the profits earned there.
 the migrants, said at least 150 more remained in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

"The latest group to return home is 175 people and we repatriated 49 in March. We are not sure when the rest will return," she said.

Indian officials had told AFP that they rescued 446 Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees from four boats.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar denies the Rohingya people any citizenship or property rights, and they face widespread abuse and exploitation.

About 400,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar live in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, according to the Dhaka government, with 28,000 staying in refugee camps where the United Nations provides medical care.
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Date:Aug 25, 2009
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