Maungdaw, Arakan State: Rohingya villagers from Du Cheradan ( Kilaidaung) village had held U Aung Than, son of U Shwe Lon – a Rakhine -, hailed from Kharay Myin model village in Maungdaw south while a group of Rakhine model villagers came to Rohingya village – Du Cheradan ( Kilaidaung) – to torch the houses, according to a local villager who denied to be named.
On June 10, at about 10:00 pm, U Aung Than accompanied by another 8- Rakhine villager went to the Kilai Daung (Dou Chee Yartan) village to torch the Rohingya houses, but the villagers came to know and chased them, but, U Aung Than was held by the villagers. However, the other Rakhines managed to flee, said the local villager.
After arrest, the Rohingya villagers handed over him to the local Nasaka –Burma border security force- personnel to avoid further problem in the village. The authority said they will call Rohingya villagers next for investigation. But, released him after Rohingya villagers returned to their village.
But, a Rakhine said a group of Muslim men tortured and arrested U Aung Than near his village while he was looking for frogs with other 8 villagers in the flooded land.
“We have being kept in village since last year June, and the 144 section is imposed only for the Rohingya community. In these situation, Rohingya villagers are not able to go out of their villages at night. How did they arrest the U Aung Than out of their village? , said a local trader.
U Aung Than was sent to village clinic by his family members and the authority has begun investigation into the matter. The authority prohibited the villagers not to disclose about the incident.
A Rohingya village elder said, “This kinds of event, we frequently face in the village. Regarding this, we appraise to the local Nasaka, but they don’t take any heed.”
There is no law and no protection for Rohingya community in Arakan, said another local businessman on condition of anonymity.
The main problem is that the Natala villagers are encouraged by the local Nasaka security force to do anything against the Rohingya community. It is their policy to give harassment to the Rohingya people through the Natala villagers, the businessman, more added.