Village administration officer harasses Rohingyas

Maungdaw, Arakan State: U Tin Maung- a Rakhine community-, Udaung village administration officer is harassing the Rohingya community within his village tract recently, according to Hakhim (not his real name) from the locality.
“The village administration officer summoned two villagers to his village admin office through a collaborator of him today (April 11) morning.”

The victims have been identified as— Molauvi Sami Ullah (35), son of Janal and Anwara Begum (22) daughter of Mostafa, hailed from Udaung village under the Nasaka area No. 7 of Maungdaw Township.

The admin officer accused Sami Ullah like a crime for talking with Anwara- relative and neighbors- at her house, where Sami Ullah objected and asked the village admin officer for talking with neighbor is forbidden and it is in the law, according to a villager who declined to be named.

The argument made the village admin officer very angry and demanded Kyat 100,000, to be freed from the accusation but the victims refused to pay it. So, he is being detained in village admin office custody, said a relative who did not mention his name.

Since March 2013, U Tin Maung has been accusing some of the innocent Rohingya villagers in false and fabricated cases and extorting money with the collaboration of Nasaka (Burma’s border security force), said a trader from Maungdaw south.

When asked U Tin Maung regarding the matter, he replied that such kind of event did not happen in his village tract.

Besides, Natala villagers with the help of Nasaka have been giving many harassment to the Rohingya villagers of said village after occurring communal violence last year 2012. They get full support from the government side, said a businessman on condition of anonymity.

An ex-village chairman of Maungdaw south said, “Where is the safety of Rohingya people in Arakan State, if one person has not permission to visit his/her neighbor houses.

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