BGP collects money from Rohingya travelers in Maungdaw

Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) are collecting money from Rohingya travelers within Maungdaw Township since July 29, who crossed bridges, BGP camps and BGP headquarters, said Halim, a human rights watchdog from Maungdaw.
Rohingya community need to cross many bridges and BGP camps -for plying from him home to another place like Maungdaw town market or another villages – have to pay 500 kyats even showing their travel documents – White cards (TRC), light green cards (NVC), National Registration cards (NRC) and Village admin travel recommendation letters, Halim, more said.

The BGP personnel blocked plying of their journeys, if Rohingya refused to pay money, even at the BGP headquarters, said U Petan Ali from Maungdaw north.

The BGP headquarters is only 9.7 kilometers away from Maungdaw Town and it is situated by the Maungdaw-Bawli Bazar highway road.  So, the villagers who want to ply Maungdaw town or other areas from Maungdaw north, have to cross the BGP headquarters, he more added.

Every day villagers have to cross the BGP headquarters, bridges and BGP camps to go to their working sites, markets, to visit their relatives and to see doctors for treatment. Every times, they need to carry the said travel documents and pay Kyat 500 to the gate is a very heavy task for the villagers. The villagers who have not able to pay Kyat 500, he /she is not able to see even his/her dead relatives, Nur Mohamed, a former school teacher from Maungdaw.

Rohingya community from Maungdaw district have to pay the so called tolls at every bridges, BGP camps and BGP head headquarters gates every day. How many bridges along highway road in Maungdaw township only, each bridge gate collects 500 kyats, how much money the BGP get per day from Rohingya community and how the Rohingya community able to pay the so called tolls money. The Maungdaw people haven’t get any benefited under Burma law and order system, Nur Mohamed more added.

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