Maungdaw, Arakan State: Police personnel from Maungdaw district police department starts harassment and extortion after Burma border security force (Nasaka) was dissolved in Maungdaw today, according to an elder from Maungdaw.
“The police personnel with police uniform stationed in Shwezarr Bridge started harassment and extortion of money from Rohingya community who crossed the bridge starting today morning. This bridge security post was control by Nasaka till it was dissolved by order of President Thein Sein on June 11 at about 8:00pm through the TV and Radio News.”
“Police personnel extorted 500-1000 kyats per person who crossed the bridge and harassing the person who deny to pay the money to them. The police extorted money even the students –going to school.”
The Nasaka was dissolved unexpectedly yesterday night with giving any reason and this morning the police start harassing and extorting money from Rohingya community in Maungdaw, said a school teacher.
“The Rohingya community from northern Arakan is fearfully watching the step of government towards the Rohingya. The first step is now showing the Rohingya by police now. The next step will help Rohingya community or not, we don’t know.”
The Nasaka will change another name and enforced in the areas to harass and drive out Rohingya community from their homeland. It is not good sign for Rohingya community, said a politician from Maungdaw.
The Nasaka was established by former Gen. Khin Nyunt to harass and drive out Rohingya community from their home land, using the methods – restriction of movement, marriage, education, civil service and persecution of religious- and resettling Buddhist community from Burma and Bangladesh. The plans and aims were successfully carried out by Nasaka to destroy Rohingya community in their society and daily life. The Nasaka decreased the population of Rohingya from northern Arakan by harassing, arresting, torturing, extorting and implementing difference laws and order to Rohingya community.
“We are surprised by hearing the dissolution of Nasaka without any reason and may be any plan to do by dissolution this group.”