Village administrator’s harassments to local villagers in Buthidaung

Buthidaung, Arakan State:  A village administrator of Buthidaung south has been giving arbitrary harassments to the local villagers accompanied by police and Sarapa (Military Intelligence), according to a village elder who denied to be named.
“The village administrator is identified as U Maung Than Htay (35), son of U Hla Shwe, hailed from Pron Chaung village of Buthidaung south.”

“The village administrator is from Rakhine community, so he is free from guilty what to do anything against the Rohingya villagers, especially he has been extracting money from villagers by giving false and fabricated allegations to the villagers with the help of Sarapa and police.”

He extorts Kyat 200,000 to 400,000 from each of the villager by threatening with Sarapa or police. There is no law and order. The security forces or Rakhine authorities have been increasing harassments against the Rohingya community since June, this year, said another local leader of the village preferring not to be named.

After giving allegation, the village administrator arrests the villagers by police or Sarapa and releases them after taking money. This is the normal function of village administrator. He becomes a rich man in the village tract.

He has to control —Prying Taung village, Paron Chaung Muslim village, Shwe Tapyin, and Dudan villages of Pron Chaung village tract of Buthidaung Township.

When asked the village administration officer, “It is my duty to do this kind of works for authority, I don’t need to inform anybody.”

There is no military security force since November 20, but Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) is present and it does not give any trouble to the Rohingya villages, said a trader from the locality.

The villagers are not allowed to go out of the villages, so far and they did not able to grow their paddy fields fully, but half of the fields were being grown because of movement restriction.

These kinds of persecutions and harassments against the Rohingya people are to be seen very simple by the world community but in really, it is very, very harmful to the Rohingya villagers due to jobless and no earning sources since June this year.  Villagers have been contained in the villages, said a businessman.

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