Security force detains seven villagers in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Burma border security force (Nasaka) personnel arrested and kept in detained seven Rohingya villagers on March 4, over allegation of involving in March 1, Rohingya murder- known as Natala murdered, according to a businessman from Alay Than Kyaw.
“The arrested have been identified as— Yakub (45), son of Erashed, Ataullah (25), son of Yasin, Monu Meah (60), Esa Ali, Md. Younus (20), son of Kalu, Abdul Kader (45), son of Kala Meah, Mohamed Siddik (50), son of Kala and Sayedullah (43), son of Ahar Zaman.  They all hailed from Udaung village of Maungdaw Township.”

Two Rohingyas were arrested from the village and others five were arrested from the paddy filed – grow winter paddy where the water is available – by the Nasaka personnel of Nasaka area No. 7 when the villagers were supplying water to their paddy fields in the morning, said a relative of one of the victims. .

The arrestees are innocent people and daily workers. They don’t know about the event of March 1, said an elder from the village.

However, five villagers of them were released today morning  after paying money and two remain villagers are being kept in the Nasaka camp and their relatives were called to the camp by the Nasaka officer, but the result is unknown, according to villagers.

After arrest, the villagers were severely tortured in the Nasaka camp. They are now taking private treatment at the village, according to another relative of the victims.

At present, Nasaka personnel are trying to arrest more innocent Rohingya villagers over the issue of murder case. So, many villagers become in panic and fleeing from the houses to avoid arrest.

Actually, a Rohingya villager was killed on March 1, by the Natala villagers while he went to his betel garden. Though the murder case was clearly committed by Natala villagers backing by Nasaka, the Rohingya villagers are blamed or accused in the murder case, said a local elder.

The Nasaka are getting money from the villagers, to get money, Nasaka tortured and detained villagers and  villagers become panic, some villagers will flee the native place to avoid arrest and torture. These are the tactics of the Nasaka to drive out Rohingya people from the Arakan soil. It is a dangerous policy, but many people ignore it, said a local political leader from Maungdaw Town.

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