Police harassment increase in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State:  Police officers in Maungdaw Township increase harassment against the Town dwellers and villagers of Rohingya villages. Every day, the police officers arrest the innocent Rohingya villagers to extorted money.

The police surveillance officer U Aung Kyaw Than of Maungdaw Town went to Baggona village and arrested two villagers— Mohamed Zuhar and another one today and brought to Maungdaw police station where they were severely tortured to extort money.

U Aung Kyaw Than gave his telephone number to every village in Maungdaw Township to contact with him. His contact number is —00-95-0945-670, 545. He listed, at least 20 to 30 villagers from every village to meet with him. The police officer threatened to the villagers that if the villagers do not meet him to pay money, they will be arrested and will be sent to Buthidaung jail.

U Aung Kyaw Than has good relation with Officer-in- Charge (OC) U Tin Hla, U Hla Sein, U Hla Myint, and U Maung Chay of Maungdaw police station. This group also involves in Yaba tablets smuggling with Bangladesh. The group uses Rakhines and Rohingys for smuggling Yaba tablets to Bangladesh and they have to pay money to the group per week.

Yesterday, at about 4:00 pm, police and Hluntin arrested Mohibullah (27), son of Tin Soe (clerk), hailed from Bohmu Para of Maungdaw township at Clock Tower junction, while he was going to his home.

Besides, on July 27, Ayat Ullah ( 20), son of Salamat, hailed from Ward No.1 of Maungdaw Town was arrested by police personnel – Assistant police Inspector and sergeant Than Maung Gyi –   at Clock Tower junction while he was crossing the junction. After arrest, he was severely tortured at the road. Today, early in the morning, police threw a dead body of Rohingya villager nearby a Hindu Para of Shwezarr but it was seen by Rohingya villagers. Therefore, the police took away again to Maungdaw Town. Villagers believe that the dead body was the son of Salamat.

On July 25, Nasaka arrested Arif Hussain (22), son of Baser hailed from Sangri village of Kyauk Pyin Seik village tract of Maungdaw Township.

We, the people of Maungdaw town urge to the Home Minister of Burma through Kaladan Press Network to take action against the police officers, especially U Aung Kyaw Than.

The villagers of Rathedaung Towunship are not allowed to go out from their homes so; they are not able to buy anything from the market. Now, they are facing food crisis. No one visited the Rathedaung Township to oversee the Rohingya situation.

Rakhine Refugees camps again setup in Maungdaw

The authority called all the Natala villagers , Rakhine community from Maungdaw north , Rakhine community from Maungdaw town and others area- Buthidaung and Rathedaung –  to join at the Maungdaw State High school as a refugees, pretending  who are  not able to stay in their villages for fear of attack from Rohingya community, said an elder from Myoma Kyayoungdan village.

“The Rakhine before setup   7 refugee centers at monasteries , but now they again setting up new style  in Maungdaw High school. It is just for showcase of refugee to show the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur, Tomas Ojea Quintana who will visit soon.”

Mosques checking in Maungdaw

On the other hand, the security personnel are checking the Mosques of Myoma  Kyayoungdan village  where was not happen before. The villagers were not at the Mosques when the security checked the Mosques. The Rohingya community is fearing for blocking the all Mosques as it is checking Mosques now most of the villages, said a religious leader from Maungdaw.

“The authority is going to arrest the Rohingya religious leaders and students. So the religious leaders and students are hiding  for fear of arrest. No one stay in the villages.”

Court staffs attack Rohingya community in Maungdaw

The court staffs have been throwing stones to the Rohingya community who went to see their love one (family members) at the hearing session , said a Rohingya who is the victim of the court.

“The court staffs also said that you are not allow to attend the courtroom. This is not your place.”

The judge also stated the case period into double and fine also double. The Rohingya community, who has a case with bail bound, are called by court and sent to the jail with double jail term and with fine.

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