Maungdaw, Arakan State: Army arrested villagers in Maungdaw Township recently without finding any fault. It is arbitrary arrest against the Rohingya people, said a close relative of the victims preferring not to be named.
“The arrestees are identified as Noor Ahmed (45), son of Zabor Muluk, Mohamed Hussain (36), son of Du Du Meah , Kalu (55), son of Meah Hussain, and Shuna Meah ( 33), son of Abdu Zalil. They all belong to Theray Kondan village of Maungdaw south.”
The armies are also looting valuable things from villagers, taking away their cattle, gold ornaments and money. They, especially target the villages of Maungdaw south.
“The Rohingya villagers were arrested by the collaboration of Natala villagers. After arrest, they were severely tortured and then brought to Maungdaw town and handed over to police. Now they are under the police custody. They also took away one motor bike from one of the arrestees.”
In Maungdaw south, some military were deployed after the recently happened so called sectarian violence in Maungdaw Township, though the Nasak (Burma’s border security force and police personnel are present.
Rohingya villagers believe that the army will give them protection from arbitrary harassments by police, Nasaka and Local Rakhine villagers. At first, the army had given some protections to the Rohingya villagers from police, local Rakhines, but later the army (rescuer) becomes persecutors of Rohingya villagers. According to President Thein Sein, government had already sent security force (especially army) to control the violence. But in practical, it is not true; it is a cheating to the world community, according to a youth from Maungdaw south.
At present, every day, the armies with the collaboration of local Rakhine villagers go to the Rohinga villagers of Maungdaw south and commit rape against the Rohingya girls and women. When the army went to the village at night, the male villagers (men) ran away from the villages to avoid arrest. Taking this advantage, the army and the Rakhine villagers committed rape against the Rohingya women and girls. It is a normal occurrence in the Rohingya villages, said a local elder on condition of anonymity.
Besides, in Maungdaw Town, at night, police enter the Rohingya houses in the guise of searching the defendants (culprits) and commit rape to the women while the men are absent because of fear of arrest by police, said an elderly woman from Maungdaw Town. .
Why the villagers are fleeing from their homes after seeing police or army, because, the security forces’ arbitrary arrests and tortures against the villagers without finding any crimes. It becomes a lawless country. There is no justice. Let them free hand to do any crimes against the Rohingya villagers, said an ex-schoolteacher from Maungdaw Township.
In addition, on October 9, at night, police went to Ward No.1 of Maungdaw Town, and entered four houses, not finding any man; they seized 4- family list and asked the women to choose it the following day, said a local elder who denied to be named.
It is very important to stop raping the Rohingya girls and women by army and police. We, the villagers urge upon the international community to see the matter deeply, otherwise, it will become explosion in future, according to villagers.
If the villagers of Maungdaw and Rathedaung Townships do not receive any help, they will have no means (to survive) and as such, might resort to extreme measure, sources said.