Township admin officer orders to destroy mosque and Maqtab in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: U Hla Myint, the Maungdaw Township administration officer ordered to mosque committee members to destroy a mosque and Maqtab of Maung Nama village of Maungdaw north on November 13, said Hakim, a mosque committee member.  “The villagers had renovated the said mosque and Maqtab (Basic Arabic School for children) after destroying by Cyclone Komen that hit Arakan on July 29 to 31, 2015. During the time many houses and paddy fields were destroyed across the Arakan state.”

After the Cyclone, the President Thein Sein visited the Arakan state and also visited at Buthidaung Township to see the victims of the Cyclone, where the Rohingya community asked the President regarding the destroyed mosques, Maqtabs and Arabic Schools (Madrasas) to give permission to repair them. Then the president ordered to the local concerned authorities to give approval that come to seek permission for renovation, said Abdu Matalaf, a local elder from Buthidaung town.

Accordingly, in Maungdaw Township villagers also renovated some mosques and Maqtabs that destroyed by the Cyclone Komen. It is also needed to renovate after two/three years as mostly made of wood and bamboo, Munaf, a businessman from locality said.

However, on November 14, the local mosque committee members and some local elders were summoned to the Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) area No.6 of Maungdaw Township and asked them to destroy said mosque and Maqtab of Maung Nama village and also have to pay a signing paper to BGP personnel which mention that they (villagers) will destroy the mosque and Maqtab after arriving to their village, Munaf added.

After giving a signing paper to the BGP, the village elders and committee members were released from the camp. According to the paper, villagers only destroyed the Maqtab on November 15, but not the mosque, a villager elder said.

“Villagers are fretful about the mosque that what kind of action will come from concerned authority,” said a young man Shajid from the village.

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