Villager arrested for guest receiving at his house in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State:  A villager was arrested and extorted money by Burma’s border security force ( Nasaka)  for receiving a guest in his house today, said a close relative of the victim.
“The victim is identified as Sayed Hussain (50), son of Zar Muluk, hailed from Maung Nama village under Nasaka Headquarters (Kawar Bill) of Maungdaw Township.”

Today, at about 2: 00 am, at night, a group of Nasaka from Aung Min Gala Nasaka out-post of Maungdaw north led by Captain Aung Myo Than  went to Maung Nama village accompanied by Village Administration officer Shobbir Ahmed where they entered the victim house to search a guest inside the house, but, they did not find the guest, said another local villager preferring not to be named.

“As a result, the Nasaka captain arrested the house owner Sayed Hussain and  detained in the Nasaka out-post  camp.”

In Arakan State, for Rohingya community, the guest receivers or house owners have to inform to the local Village Administration officer, if the guest stays at night, otherwise, the Nasaka will fine the house owner, said a local schoolteacher.

Today, a guest from nearby village came to Sayed Huaass’s house at about 10:00 am and returned to his home after having food, at around 3:00 pm. But, the Nasaka’s collaborator or informer did not know the guest went back to his home. So, the informer mistakenly informed that one guest came to the victim’s house, according to a local youth.

“The house owner or guest receiver did not need to inform about his guest to the local Admin or Nasaka because the guest did not stay at night.”

However, today, at around 1:00 pm, the arrestee was released after paying Kyat 160,000 to the Nasaka commander, said another close relative of the victim.

A local politician said, “The Nasaka commander knows that the victim does not commit any crime. Why the Nasaka officer extorts such a big amount from the victim. So, it is a deliberate action against the Rohingya community.”

Similarly, Nasaka from Udaung Nasaka-outpost camp arrested a Rohingya who visited his relative’s house – same village, same quarters and near his house- for not informing the concerned authority on January 20, according to an elder from Udaung.

Abdu Rahaman, 25, son of Nur Ahmed hailed from Baringa Dyel  (village) was arrested for visiting his relative’s house and detained in the Udaung out post camp where the Nasaka demand  huge money which was not able to pay by arrestee. So, he was transferred to commanding officer camp of area number 8, according to a village admin office member.

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