Clashes between police and villagers in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: A clash between police and villagers was occurred yesterday at Maungdaw north as police forcibly took away beef from the villagers, Dilu, a villager said from the locality.
“On that day, at about 10:00 am, in Maung Nama village of Maungdaw north, villagers slaughtered a cow for beef for religious festival – Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) – after getting permission from the concerned authority.”

At around 11:00 am, a group of police from Aung Mingala police out-post of Maungdaw north led by police officer U Kyaw accompanied by present village Admin office U Thein Tun and ex-village Chairman U Thein Maung Gyi went to Maung Nama village and asked villagers to give them five- Visses (one Viss=1.66 kg) of beef, but villagers refused to pay them beef without money.

However, in one stage, police and Admin officer snatched away about 7 Visses of beef from the villagers, but the villagers re- took it again from their hands. As a result, there was a clash between two groups. So, police fired two blind shoot into air to threaten the villagers and to give signal to their camp. After that the police fled from the scene as villagers rushed to the stop.

After one hour, three trucks of Hluntin arrived to that village from police headquarters and searched the villagers who actively took part in the clashes, but the police failed to arrest them as the villagers ran away from the village, so the police returned to their headquarters.

Besides, the police went again to that village at night and entered three homes to arrest villagers. At first, they entered Ms Sura Khatun’s home and tortured her severely and arrested her son Batoo. They also arrested two other villagers- Hafez Ahmed, son of Abdu Salam and another one.

The authority deliberately created the problem with the villagers to make the situation unstable in the village, said a local youth.

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