BANGKOK, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Thai soldiers are being accused of detaining illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar and forcing them back out to sea with no food or water.
BBC reported Thursday that asylum seekers say the soldiers tied their hands and they were towed out to sea and cast adrift.
The British network reported that about 500 migrants are recovering from acute dehydration in India's Andaman Islands and the Indonesian province of Aceh.
"Thai soldiers tied up our hands and then put us in boats without engines. These were towed into the high sea by motorized boats and left to drift," said Zaw Win, a survivor rescued by Indian coast guards off the coast of Little Andamans after drifting for 12 days.
"We were without food and water. The Thai soldiers clearly wanted us to die on the boats," Win was quoted as saying.