By Sindhi Khan | Edited by M.S. Anwar
RvisionTV.com | September 13, 2013
It was on August 29, 2013, some Rohingya farmers were working in their paddy fields. The place was a village called Haath-Gojja Fara located between the villages of Sabbay-Gun (Hazir Fara) and Long-Doong (Aati Fara), northern Maung Daw. Meanwhile, they saw a man trying to dig ground and hide some suspicious things by a mountain. Seeing that, the farmers tried to approach him. He started to point a dagger to his chest and behaving as if he was going to commit suicide.
Therefore, the farmers reported to the head of the village administration, who, in turn, reported to the Police Station [in the (abolished NaSaKa) commandment area 5] in Long-Doun. Police arrested the man. When seacrched, Police found five grenades, a pistol, a magazine of bullets, some explosive materials, a dagger and a few letters written in Rakhine dialect. Having confiscated the weapons, Police transferred him to the military squadron in Bawli Bazaar (Kyein Chaung), northern Maung Daw.
The squadron is headed by Captain Han Zaw Win and under battalion 353 in Taung Bazaar, Buthidaung Township. When people asked the captain about him (the militant), he replied “You are lucky you have not harmed him. He is a Taing-Yin-Tha (Citizen or a member of indigenous group). He is Aung Win, Sergeant in the battalion 353. He had mental instabilty and hence, fled from the camp recently.” The captain asked the village admininstration and police not to inform anyone about the militant. It is not known where the militant was taken to afterwards.
The points to be noted here are 1) he had letters written Rakhine dialect 2) he looked like Rakhines and spoke in Rakhine accent and 3) he was trying to hide the weapons among Rohingya villages.
Regarng the incident, an elderly Rohingya concluded “I think he is a member of Arakan Liberation Party (ALP). These days, robberies are frequently taking place in Rohingya villages. The robbers come in either Hlun Htein (Security Force) uniform or Police uniform. Since most of the members in Police Force and Security Force in Maung Daw are from Rakhine community, they are possibly highly coordinated with ALP members.
This time also, the militant was trying to hide his weapons among Rohingya villages. I think it was meant to trap Rohingyas in cooperation with the authority. The authority will later claim ‘we have found weapons in Rohingya villages and Rohingyas have the links with th foreign terrorist groups.’ Such claims and lies are quite usual and natural for the authority in Myanmar.
Since 23rd August 2013, Police and Security Force have been raiding and rampaging Rohingyas’ houses in both Maung Daw and Buthidaung under the banner of Security Check. Authority in both regions are arbitrarily claiming that there are RSO (Rohingya Solidarity Organization, which is no longer existent) operatives in Arakan trying to carry out attacks. Under such arbitrary claims, they have been torturing and looting Rohingya people in the region on daily basis.”