Maungdaw, Arakan State: A Rohingya fisherman was shot dead by Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) on Januar10, at around 9:30 pm, while he was fishing at Naff River with along other fishermen, a local fisherman Korim said. The deceased was identified as— Mohammed Roffique (19), son of Sayed Alam, hailed from Shweza village of Maungdaw Township, the fisherman more added.
Some fishermen went to fishing to the Naff River after getting permission from BGP personnel and some are not, a fisherman said on condition of anonymity.
Rafique accompanied by other fishermen of Shweza village went to the Naff River for catching fish by a row boat on January 10, at night. A patrol boat of BGP personnel of Shweza out post camp saw the fishing boat and called them to stop the fishing, but the fishermen were trying to flee, so, the BGP fired on the fishermen where Rafique was dead on the spot and the other fishermen managed to escape by jumping into the River, said Hamid, a local elder quoting the fleeing fishermen.
On January 11, in the morning, a floating dead body in the Naff River was seen by some villagers and then informed to the BGP out-post of Shweza village. Being informed, a team of BGP personnel went to the spot and recovered the body. Afterwards, the body was sent to Maungdaw general hospital for autopsy, Nahid, a villager from the locality said.
However, the body was handed over to the relatives after autopsy and buried the body in the village cemetery on January11, in the evening, Nahid more said.