Maungdaw, Arakan State: On July 3, a soldier of Marrawaddy military out-post severely tortured a Rohingya old man while he met him on the new road, which was built for official use as expressway, from Maungdaw three miles junction (Maungdaw-Buthidaung highway) to Ahngumaw of Rathedaung Township, Nurul Amin from Aley Than Kyaw village said. Earlier, the Maungdaw Township officer verbally ordered that Rohingya is not allowed to cross the road or using this road excluding Rakhine community. If anyone disobeys the order, he/she will be punished according to the law. But, Rakhine community is permissible to use the new road, Nurul said.
The victim was identified as— Nazir Ahamed (50), son of Oli Ahamed, hailed from Udaung village of Maundaw Township.
On that day, at noon, a soldier from Marrawaddy military out-post went to nearby Udaung village for his personal cause by motorbike. During this time, the soldier met the Rohingya old man on the new road, according to villagers.
After that, the soldier asked Nazir— why he came to the new road. In reply, he said that he went there to see his cattle,” according to Nazir’s statement.
On hearing that, the soldier started beating till he became unconscious, said a relative of the victim.
However, the victim is being taken privately treatment from village doctor quacks, sources said.
Sources from the village said that army personnel and a group of Rakhine extremists of Marrawaddy village (Saung Paingnyar) frequently gives harassment, torture and robing the Rohingya villagers, but the concerned authorities don’t take any action against them.