msa April 24, 2017

By RVision TV Correspondent | April 24, 2017

Maungdaw — The Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) have extorted more money from Rohingya people under numerous pretexts in the district of Maungdaw over past few days.

Based at the village of ‘Kyauk Pyin Seik’ locally known as ‘Naari Bil’ in northern Maungdaw, the BGP Commander has recently ordered the local fishermen to pay him Kyat 5,000 per fishing net or boat each time they set off for fishing.

A fisherman in the village said “we went to meet the BGP Commander and explained him that the amount of money he had demanded would be too difficult for poor people like us to afford and that we have fishing licenses issued by the Township Administration.
“He scolded us and said ‘you are not citizens of Myanmar but illegal Bengalis. You don’t posses anything here. The lands, the boats and the fishing nets and all belong to us. Pay me Kyat 5,000 per fishing net or boat each time you leave for fishing or don’t go for fishing at all.”

As the fishermen — who survive by fishing in the sea and selling fishes — are unable to fillfil his arbitrary demands, the BGP Commander have now rendered them without access to the river/sea.

At the village of ‘Kyauk Phyu Thar Thae Kan’ in southern Buthidaung Township, the BGP in cooperation with the village’s administrator have extorted Kyat 200,000 each from over 20 innocent villagers since April 21.

“The BGP based at our village threatened over 20 people that the Commander of the BGP headquarter in Maungdaw have summoned them over their alleged involvement in the October 9 attack last year. So, the BGP extorted Kyat 200,000 from each of them claiming to negate the charge (against them)”, said a villager at ‘Kyauk Phyu Thar Thae Kan’, while speaking to Rohingya Vision TV.

Besides, the BGP have arrested 12 innocent people at ‘Kyauk Phyu Thar Thae Kan’ by arbitrarily alleging them of involving in ‘the October 9 attack’ and still detained them in their the camp, according to a reliable sources.

The Border Guard Police (BGP) have resumed money extortions targeting Rohingya people in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships since the Myanmar government announced the end of the 4-month-long ‘Region Clerance Operation’ in February, 2017.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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