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BGP Break into Rohingya Home, Extort Money from House-Owner Lady

By Rohingya Mirror

Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – The Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) broke into a Rohingya residence in Maungdaw Township on Monday in the absence of the family members and later, summoned the house-owner lady for ransom.

The incidence took place at the residence of Mr. Haan Furja (son of) Mohammed Islam in ‘Nyaung Chaung (Khadir Bil)’ village in southern Maungdaw on October 12.

It has been reported that a gang of five BGP personnel in plain clothes from the camp in nearby ‘Shwe Yin Aye’ Rakhine village along with the in-charge of the village arrived at his home around 3:30PM on the day. However, the home was locked because everybody was on a visit to their relatives.

But the BGP personnel broke down the lock and entered the house. They searched the whole house and threw away almost everything in the house. And they left.

When the family returned from the dusk at the dusk in the evening, the village in-charge summoned the mother of ‘Mr. Haanfurja’ and alleged that they had found illegal ‘Bangala SIM Card’ in her house. So, he demanded the lady to hand her son (using the Sim Card) over to the BGP.

The lady responded “we don’t possess any Bangala SIM Card. Why did you enter my house without us and in absence of our knowledge? Does the Law permit you to enter others’ houses without their consents?”

However, the village in-charge with the back-up of the BGP started to behave rudely with her and threatening her. He said “what’s wrong if we enter your house for a search? We have the authority to do that. Bring your son and hand him over to the BGP or we’ll come again to arrest him.”

At the end, the village in-charge extorted Kyat 400,000 on the arbitrarily allegation against her son and let her go back home.

These kinds of atrocities against the local Rohingyas in the region are quite common nowadays.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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