BANGKOK, 9 August 2013 (NNT) – 261 Rohingya migrants detained at Phang-nga immigration checkpoint attempted to break out of their cells, demanding their release so they could perform a prayer on the occasion of Hari Raya.
The detained illegal migrants tried to break through the door of the building housing them, prompting Phang-nga Provincial Police Commander Chalit Thinthani to deploy about 100 riot policemen to control the situation.
Police Major General Chalit attempted to convince the Rohingyas to leave their detention building in groups of 5 to conduct prayers, to make it easy for officials to keep order. The chief Imam at Chamroensuk mosque in Mueang district of Phang-nga was also called in to help persuade the Rohingyas and to facilitate the religious prayers.
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