Maungdaw, Arakan State: A Rohingya villager was severely beaten up and became senseless by army and Natala villagers, at Maungdaw south while he was returning home after collecting firewood from nearby forest, said a close relative of the victim.
“The victim was identified as Abdu Karim (28), son of Abdu Goffar, hailed from Gudu Sara village of Maungdaw Township.”
On that day, at about 2:00pm, the victim was going to nearby forest for collecting fire wood. When he was returning home after collecting fire wood, army accompanied by a group of Natala villagers arrested him and was severely tortured till he became unconscious. And then he was hung to a tree to be seen by people, said another relative on condition of anonymity.
At about 4:00 pm, being informed, his relatives accompanied by some villagers went to the Nasaka camp of Padaung and gave the information about the event. So, a group of Nasaka along with the villagers went to the spot to bring the unconscious man.
A village elder said, “The army and the Natala villagers looted our property, committed robbery and killing villagers occasionally. But they are not given punishment by the concerned higher authority. What is the matter?
Rohingya villagers in Maungdaw south have been locked in their villages since June this year after the sectarian violence. How do the villagers will survive without doing any works?, and also they do not get any support from any quarter, asked a local elder.
Though the Act 144 is imposed by the central government in nine townships of Arakan state, it is only imposed to Rohingya community. But, Rakhine community is able to do demonstration with mass people in any part of the Rakhine state. It makes me very strange, said an elder.