Maungdaw, Arakan State: 17 villagers were arrested by Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) in Maungdaw north, on September 20 over the allegation that they were not participated in so-called population data collection or census, said a local businessman Jalil from the local. “On that day, at about 9:00 am, Col. Tin Ko Ko, the Director of the BGP Headquarters of Kawar Bill (Kyigan Pyin) accompanied by some BGP personnel went to Kawar Bill village and held a meeting in a primary school, inviting villagers who were not taking part in so-called population data collection.”
In the meeting, the police arrested 10 villagers who were refused the census processing or population data collection because of writing “Bengali” instead of “Rohingya” in the Forms, said Hamid, a man who attended the meeting.
The arrested are identified as—Mohamed Rofique (32), son of Ismail; Hafizur Rahman (65), son of Mohamed Sidique; Nazir Ahmed (45), son of Moha (35), son of Abdu Kader; Mohamed Ayas (30), son of Mohamed Sultan; Mohamed Yasin (40), son of Mohamed Khorim; Mohamed Shoffique (32), son of Boshir Ahmed and two others. They all belong to Kawar Bill village, Hamid added.
After arrest, they were sent to Maungdaw police station and then the concerned authorities were trying to open case against them, but they did not find any clue or crime to file case as they were innocent. However, at last, the authorities framed case against them over the allegation that they had linked with Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO), said a youth from the locality who denied to be named.
According to a reliable source from Maungdaw, all the arrestees will be sent to Buthidaung jail from Maungdaw court soon.
Besides, the BGP personnel of Maungdaw also arrested another 7 villagers from Kyauk Hla Gaar village of Maungdaw north one month ago, over the allegation that they were not taking part in so-called population data collection or census. They will be also sent to Buthidaung jail after two years imprisonment each by the Maungdaw court, according to a village elder, who denied to be named.
The concerned authorities illegally arrested the said villagers and will be sent to jail because of not participating in the so-called population data collection, said Hasu, a local elder.