No security for domestic animals of Rohingyas in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: There is no security for domestic animals of Rohingyas in northern Arakan , Burma, said a trader from Maungdaw south. “Natala villagers frequently abducted domestic animals of Rohingyas while grazing nearby forest and villages.”

A group of Natala villagers (new Buddhist settlers) of Udaung village went to nearby forest and picked up 12- cow from the grazing fields on April 19,at about 3:30pm according to the owners of the cattle.

The owners of  the cows were identified as— Sukkur (40), son of Mahasan, Ali Ahmed (35)  and Lal Meah, hailed from Khonza Bill (village) under the Aley Than Kyaw village tract of Maundaw Township.

After the event, a cow boy immediately went to the village and informed the owners of the cows regarding the matter.

On information, the owners appraised the matter to the village Admin officer and then went to the Natala village. The Natala villagers demanded Kyat 100,000 to release the cow, but, at last, the owners had to pay Kyat 60,000 for the cows’ release, said a relative on condition of anonymity.

Major Ray Wint Aung of Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 352, who was appointed to the Maungdaw south  to control the violence which was occurred  between Rakhines and Rohingyas on June 8, 2012. But, the Commander in spite of controlling the violence, he incites violence between the two communities taking side from the Rakhine community. He has also been committing crimes against the Rohingya villagers. The Commander with the collaboration of Village Administrators sent cattle to Bangladesh, which have been picked up or stolen by the Natala villagers from Rohingya villages. The commander is doing such lucrative business, and he becomes a rich man in the army, said a local elder preferring not to be named for the security reason.

“Rohingya villagers have been maltreating since long by various means and ways by the security forces while they have been keeping in their villages like a cage. They are not allowed to go out from their villages to access anything to do for their livelihood,” said a youth from the locality preferring not to be named.

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