Buthidaung, Arakan State: A village head man was severely tortured by petrol army on the night of July 7 because of failing delivery of four big cocks to them, said a close relative of the victim, Karim.
“On that day, at about 11:30 pm. a group of soldiers from Sein Yain Pyin village tract went to Kan Pyin village of Hpoe Khaung Chaung village of Buthidaung Township and checked the sentry post. They found that two sentry men of four were sleeping while they were checking. So, the army fined to the two sleeping sentry men to give them four big cocks.”
The headman of the village was ordered to deliver four cocks to the patrol team, after collecting the cocks from the sentry men, the next morning. But the village head man failed to carry four cocks as the sentry men could not gave him. One big cock is being sold at Kyat 5,000 per one in the open market, a youth said from the village preferring not to be named.
As a result, the village headman was severely tortured by the soldier and put him in the wooden stocks.
The victim is identified as—Salamat (36), son of Abdu Rahman, hailed from Kan Pyin village under the Hpoe Khaung Chaung village tract of Buthidaung Township.
However, in the evening, the victim was released after providing the four big cocks in place of two sentry men. At present, he is taking medical treatment from private doctors, according to an elder from the village.
It is a phenomenon happening in Rohingya villages in Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships whether the sentry men sleep or not, they have to pay fine (mostly cocks) to the army or police, according to villagers.