The government is conducting population census in the areas inhabited by Rohingyas, particularly in the townships of Akyab, Buthidaung and Maungdaw in Arakan state, said a source close to District Peace and Development Council (DPDC).
The Township Peace and Development Councils (TPDCs) which supervised the census have made several teams consisting of personnel from immigration and police departments. They have started taking census in the townships of Maundaw, Buthidaung and Akyab respectively from 1st, 6th and 10th June, he further added.

According to sources from many villagers, the census teams are openly demanding money only from the Rohingyas to conduct proper count of their household members. The bribe money varies from place to place ranging from Kyat 500 to 2,000 per family. Except the
Rohingyas and Hindus other communities are exempted from bribe money.

According to a Rohingya politician, “there is a hidden motive behind this census since it has been carried out discriminately in the Rohingya areas.”

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