Maungdaw, Arakan State: Burma’s border security force (Nasaka), are looting valuable goods from the villagers and also committed sexual insults against Rohingya women and girls when the male villagers ran away from the village for fear of arbitrary arrest by the Nasaka personnel, said a local elder preferring not to be named.
“A group of Nasaka personnel of Gudusara Bridge check-post of Nasaka area No.7 of Maungdaw Township enters south Gudusara village every night, under the pretext of searching criminals from the village.”
For instance, on January 16, at around 10:00 pm, a group of Nasaka personnel went to the said village and arrested four villagers without any allegation. However, luckily, of them, three villagers escaped by running away from the Nasaka and the remaining one was taken to their camp where he was detained, so far, the elder more added.
When the three arrested villagers out of four were running away from the Nasaka personnel, they fired to the villagers and injured one of them.
Besides, when the villagers ran away from the village in fear of arrest, the Nasaka personnel tried to loot valuables from the houses, and also tried to rape women and girls in the absence of male villagers. Many women and girls were raped by the Nasaka in the village, but the concerned relatives of the raped victims did not dare to appraise the matter for fear of retaliation by the Nasaka, said one of the relative of the victims.
Regarding this, villagers appraised the event to the concerned higher authorities, but no action is taken against the criminals, he more added.
“If the matte is appraised to the higher authority, the Nasaka personnel who committed crimes will take revenge to the villagers.”
As a result, the Nasaka personnel are encouraged to commit more crimes against the Rohingya community and the Rohingya villagers become disappointed and are also mentally harassed, said a local businessman.
Why Thein Sein government lets them to do such things against the Rohingya community though the President has been getting supports from international community for some changings in the country, said a local schoolmaster.