16 guns, huge explosives seized at Kyauktaw

Kyauktaw, Arakan State:  Burmese Army seized 14 automatic rifles, two pistols and huge of exclusives from Rakhine villages of Kyauktaw Township, about five miles away from Kyauktaw Town on August 9, said a villager elder from. Kyauktaw Township on condition of anonymity

“The arms and explosives were seized by the Mrauk-U Battalion No. 378 led by Commander Major Myint Hpou.”

Regarding the above news, on August 8, one Rohingya youth named Noor Mohamed, hailed from Radana Bon (Rohingya village) went to nearby the bottom of a Mountain for grazing his buffaloes, but, the cowboy did not return to his home in the evening. As a result, some of the relatives of the cowboy and some villagers went to look whereabouts Noor and his buffalo herd. They did not find him, but saw that buffalo flock was at the Taung Bwe ( Rakhine) village.

The following day, the relatives and villagers went to the said Mountain bottom to search again Noor, but found his dead body. He was shot dead.  After carrying the dead body, villagers went to the army  Battalion  number 378 and raised the issue in detail.

Being informed, at about 2:00 pm, a group of army, immediately went to the Taung Bwe Rakhine village and searched the village and seized five automatic rifles, two pistols and a huge amount of explosives. Regarding this, six Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP members including one female were arrested.

After that, the armies continuously searched two other Rakhine villagers and seized seven automatic rifles from Way Si Daung Rakhine village and another two automatic rifles from Ngathan Pha village. But the army did not arrest anyone regarding this as the RNDP members fled away who involved in the arms keeping matter.

According to a villager, RNDP had already provided 10-gun per village in Kyauktaw Township without taking money. If any village wants extra guns, money will be paid by villagers.

This plan has been implemented by Dr. Htay Aye, U Hla Maung, U Tun Way, U Kyaw Sein Aung and U Kyaw Sein. They are the patron of RNDP and Wathanu Rakita Organization, said another villager from Kyauktaw Township.

The international and internal media and even the government announced that the going violence between Rakine and Rohingya is a sectarian violence. But, it is not a sectarian violence. It is government sponsored violence. Rakhines (Moghs) have been supported by the concerned authorities — police, Hluntin (riot police), Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) and army. Rohingya villages were torched by the mobs of Moghs while the security forces were standing in front of the Rohingya villagers and firing to the Rohingya villagers while trying to extinguish their houses, said a school teacher.

Government accompanied by RNDP members created this problem between two communities—Rakhine and Rohingya communities. Still Nasaka police and Hluntin harass the Rohingya community. They arrest, torture and extort money from Rohingya villagers without any reason.

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