Nasaka uses “Bengali” in place of “Rohingya” in surveys

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) is conducting irregular surveys in Rohingya villages of Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships coercing the Rohingya villagers to use ‘Bengali’ as their racial name in place of ‘Rohingya’ against their will, according to villagers of Maungdaw Township.
“Some villagers were arrested or tortured for opposing their dictation while others run-away. For instance, the Nasaka Director went to Kawar bill village with security force to arrest Maulana Johar (22), son of Maulana Sayed Amin, hailed from Kawar Bill over the allegation that he had incited villagers not to participate in conducting surveys. So, he is going into hiding to avoid arrest. He is the Imam of the mosque.”

Besides, four other youths including Hussain (20), son of Idris were also arrest from the village tract by the same accusation yesterday and brought to the Nasaka camp where they were detained, a relative of Hussain said.

Similarly, the concerned authority forced Rohingya community to sign in the digital computerise system as Bengali instead Rohingya in the column of race in Nasaka area number 7 and 8. But, the Rohingya community refused to use Bengali in their race, so the most of Rohingya were runway from their home for fear of arrest, said a village admin officer.

“Most of Rohingyas are hiding in the mountainside to escape from joining the program of Nasaka and Immigration to stamp them as Bengali.”

In the same way, villagers of Buthidaung Township are also coerced to say or to use “Bengali” as their racial name in place of “Rohingya.” If the villagers do not comply with the order, they are tortured, said a schoolteacher from Buthidaung Township.

This dangerous situation is the main factor to push the Rohingya to leave their motherland, the schoolteacher added.

Since June 2012 an estimated 13,000 boat people took dangerous voyages towards Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia  and over 500 of them have drowned and missing while many ended up in jails in countries in the region.

By the historical documents, Rohingyas are the real sons of the soil and deserve to be treated as full citizens of Burma, said a historian.
But we fail to understand why Burmese authorities have all along been refusing to accept the Rohingyas, a small ethnic minority, as rightful citizens of the country. We also find it utterly disappointing as to why and how Burmese president Thein Shein could think that mass deportation of the entire Rohingya community was the only solution to the problem!, the historian more added.

The Nasaka increases conducting irregular surveys in Rohingya villages and forces Rohingya people to say “Bengali” in place of “Rohingya” and composed in computer after submitting report of Arakan conflict inquiry commission to the Presedient Thein Sein  recently, a local elder from Maungdaw said on condition of anonymity.

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