Maungdaw, Arakan State: The Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) personnel increase toll collection from Rohngya travelers while crossing the Nasaka check-posts or culverts or bridges in Maungdaw Townships, said a trader from Maungdaw preferring not to be named.
In Maungdaw Township, the Nasaka has established Nasaka check-posts in every bridges, or culverts, Maungdaw-Aley Than Kyaw high way and Maungdaw- Bawli Bazar high way.
Rohingyas from rural areas have to cross culvert, bridge and Nasaka check-post – where most of the Nasaka personnel are staying for security reason- on the way to Maungdaw town for marketing or visiting relatives.The Rohingyas villagers from rural areas have to pay money to all Nasaka posts while crossing the post.
The Nasaka personnel increased Nasaka check-posts after communal violence in Arakan in June, according to an elder from Maungdaw.
“The Nasaka personnel from check-posts asked the Rohingya travelers and forced them to pay money while crossing the Nasaka out-posts. Rohingya travelers have to pay Kyat 200 to 500 per head at the Nasaka out-post. Sometimes, the Nasaka takes Kyat 500 to 1000, if the villager has much money in the pocket.”
“How a villager is able to pay much money to the Nasaka on the way only, without buying anything from the market. What will happen to the poor villagers?, said a businessman from Maungdaw Town.
According to various sources, the Nasaka personnel deliberately check the whole bodies of women and girls at the check-posts.by male Nasaka person.
A villager said, “We are not able to cross the Nasaka check-post without paying money. If we want to go by alternative way, the Natala (new settler) villagers attack us.”
Another woodcutter said, “My family members are suffering from starvation because I can’t go to mountain to collect firewood. He more said that many Rohingya villagers have been suffering from starvation.”
The Nasaka is only trying and thinking, how they will make troubles to the Rohingya villagers and how they will get money from them, said an elderly villager who denied to be named.