Army shoots dead a Rohingya in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Army personnel from Light Infantry Battalion (LIBs) No. 352 – stationed near Bagonenah village – shot on a grazing Rohingya youth on January 28, at about 11:00am, according to an elder from Bagonenah village.
“Mohammed Rafique, 28, son of Abdul Majed hailed from Bagonenah village, is the grazing Rohingya youth.”

Rafique with other Rohingya youths were grazing their cattle in the grazing ground near their village and near a Natala village. On that times, the Rakhines from Natala village with some army personnel entered to grazing ground where the army and Rakhines tried to snatch the cattle of Rohingyas. The grazing Rohingya youths tried to save their cattle and stopped the Army personnel and Rakhine from snatching the cattle, said a village admin office member from Bagonenah.

“But, an Army personnel shot on Rafique who fight with them to save the cattle.”

“The villagers from Bagonenah, rushed to the spot where Rafique was shot after getting the information about the event.”

The villagers took wounded Rafique to the village where family list checking Nasaka group were sitting at village. The Nasaka and villagers rushed to the Maungdaw hospital with Rafique, but, the doctor declared his dead. The dead body of Rafique reached to the village at 3:00pm and his body was buried at village cemetery after Namaz-e- Janaza (funeral pray), said a relative of Rafique.

“It is a deliberate action against the Rohingya community. There is no value of Rohingya people as human being. Why do the armies kill the innocent Rohingya youth? It means the army does not care the Rohingya community.”

In addition, today, at around 2:00 pm, a group army from LIB No. 352 from Nasaka area No. 7 of Maungdaw south took away five buffaloes from grazing ground while Tofile ( 25), son of Abdullah, hailed from Kilai Daung village of under Nasaka area No.7 ,was grazing in the field. The army accompanied by some Natala villagers brought these five buffaloes to their camp and informed to the father of Tofile to exchange the buffaloes with money, a local businessman said on condition of anonymity.

“However, at last, today in the evening, father of Tofile went to the army camp and paid Kyat 270,000 to release the buffaloes.”

President Thein Sein declared that extra security forces were deployed in Arakan State to control the situation. But, its continued harassments against the Rohingya community are increasing day by day, according to a local youth.

“Extra security forces are deployed in Arakan to curb the situation or to increase harassments against the Rohingya people.”

Over 100 armies led by Deputy commander Major Rey Wint Aung of light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 352 has been taking station at Maungdaw south to oppress the Rohingya villagers after the violence between Rakhine and Rohingya communities in June 2012.

The Army personnel and Nasaka (Burma border security force) are harassing – checking ID and village admin officer travel permission and extorting money from every person except Rakhine community – Rohingya community near the Bagonenah village under Maungdaw south while the Rohingyas are going on the high way of Maungdaw- Alaythankyaw at every bridges, said a school teacher from Alaythankyaw.

“The army and Nasaka collect from 50 kyats to 200 kyats per person even he had ID and travel permit, 200 – 500 kyats per Rohingya passenger car only and collecting good fishes from fisherman who are going to market to sell.”

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