Maungdaw, Arakan State: Burmese army seized 25 guns from hidden place of Myara Waddy Rakhine village of Maungdaw south on May 7, according to a source of army from Maungdaw Township. The said village is situated nearby Duche Yadan village (Rohingya village) under the BGP area No.7 of Maungdaw Township. Earlier, this village (Mayra Waddy) has only 25 Rakhine houses, now it has over 220 houses. After the 2012 clashes, between Rakhine and Rohingya communities the concerned authority invited Bangladeshi Buddhist Rakhines and Sakma to Arakan and settled them in this village, said an ex-village Admin officer of Maungdaw south.
The Myara Waddy villagers actively participated in attacking and destroying Duche Yadan village along with police after the accident of police and villagers on January 9, 2014.
After recovering the said guns from the village, and the army interrogated with many villagers and arrested 25 Rakhine villagers on the same day.
After fighting in Kyauktaw between Burmese army and Arakan army (AA), many Rakhines were arrested across the Arakan state, mostly from Kyauktaw Township, said a trader from Maungdaw Town.
According to Rohingya villagers, every Rakhine village of Maungdaw Township has guns and ammunition and keep it in secret.
Another Rohingya villager from Maungdaw said on condition of anonymity that a primary school headmaster U Kyaw Too of Pwet Chaung village of Maungdaw north has many guns and ammunition. He is respected by all Rakhine villagers.