Security forces make Rohingya villagers in panic at Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State:  Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) and police make Rohingya villagers in panic after the killed and injured Rakhines of Nyaung Bin Gyi Ywa Thit (Rakhine village) under the village tract of Ngakura of Nasaka area No.5 in Maungdaw south, said a Rohingya leader from Maungdaw Town on condition of anonymity.
“The Nasaka of Ngakhura Nasaka camp and police of Bawli Bazar (Kyein Chaung) jointly attacked  the Rohingya villages and  arrested Rohingya villagers arbitrarily  from — Hati Para, Zaydi Pyin,  Nai Tha Pru (Pan Mraung)  and loung Don villages— of Loung Don village tract of Maugdaw south after one Rakhine killed and three injured in their village at night on February 10.”

On February 12, at about 9am to 11 am, the Nasaka personnel and police arrested five villagers from Hati Para and Pan Mraung villages. They are identified as—Jamal Hussain(53), son of Abdu Salam, Jaker(28), son of Rashid, Rahmat Ali( 32), son of  Hydor Ali, Fori Dullah( 20), son of Lalu Meah, they all belong to Hati Para ( village) and Hla Tin ( alias) Lalu ( 55),  son of Osi Rahman, hailed from Pan Mraung village, said a local businessman who denied to be named.

Villagers fled to nearby mountain from the villages when they saw the Nasaka personnel and police were approaching to the Hati Para and Pan Mraung villages, otherwise, more villagers can be arrested, the businessman more added.

After the arrest, they were severely tortured and brought to the Nasaka camp where they were detained.  The Hati Para (village) is seven miles away from Yaung Bin Gyi Ywa Thit (Rakhine) village, a close relative of the victim said.

According to local people, another two dead bodies are floating in nearby a small river, but villagers could not identify them, so far.

Since February 10, the Nasaka had already arrested 80 to 107 villagers including females from Loung Don village, said a local elder preferring not to be named.

The situation of the Rohingya villages — Loung Don village, Hati Para village, Zaydi Pyin village, and Pan Mraung village under the Nasaka area no.5 of Maungdaw Township– are going to bad to worst at present . Some villagers had already crossed the Burma-Bangladesh border to avoid the arrest and torture of security forces, according to a local trader.

The really fact is that on February 10, at around 1: 00 am, a group of Nasaka went to the Nyaung Bin Gyi Rwa Thit ( Rakhine ) village of Loung Don village tract of Maungdaw north to arrest the Yaba or drug smugglers from the village. Before going there, two Nasaka with full uniform went to the village by two motorbikes to observe the situation.  After that, a group of Nasaka went to the U Ba Tin (53), son of Than Tun Aung house at around 1:00 am, and asked him to open the door.  But, he did not open the door. As a result, the Nasaka fired into the house and killed on Rakhine man who is from Akyab and wounded three other Rakhines including U Ba Tin, according to sources.

However, in the morning, the Nasaka and local Rakhine villagers accused to the Rohingya villagers of Loung Don village over the murder of Rakhine villagers and arrested many Rohingya villagers including women.

At present, the Nasaka accused other neighboring villagers that they had involved in the murder case. So the Rohingya villagers of neighboring villages are facing many difficulties such as arrest and torturing by Nasaka and police, said a youth from the locality.

A village elder said, “How will the Rohingya villagers live in their villages, if the security forces create false and fabricated problems between Rakhine and Rohingya communities.”

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