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Border Guard Police Resumes Money Extortions from Rohingya

By Rohingya Eye | February 23, 2017

Maungdaw — As the large-scale attacks by the Myanmar military on the Rohingya people in Maungdaw have decreased, the money extortions from the Rohingyas by its Border Guard Police (BGP) has resumed, according to the reliable sources.

At ‘Kyauk Pandu’ village locally called ‘Shitaaf’ in southern Maungdaw in the recent days, the BGP from the camp and the village administrator have extorted money from many villagers on arbitrary accusations.

On February 5, the BGP arrested Ms. Toyuba (45) d/o Siddique on the accusation that his fourth son illegally travelled to Bangladesh and demanded Kyat 1 million ransom from him for his release. At the end, the BGP extorted Kyat 0.4 million and released him.

In the same village on February 17, the BGP arrested two men after they had a quarrel. They were arrested and detained in the BGP Camp. Having extorted Kyat 100,000 from each, the BGP released him on the next day. The victims are:
1) Inamullah (40), S/o Sawlu
2) Abdur Rahim (45), S/o Yusuf

“The BGP in the camp always treat the villagers brutally. Arresting people arbitrarily and releasing them after extorting money is a kind of licensed robbery”, said a villager on the condition of anonymity.

The Border Guard Police (BGP) were notorious for randomly arresting innocent people in Maungdaw and Buthidaung for ransom even before the escalation of violence on October 9, 2016.

In a separate incident that took place at the village of ‘Myint Hlut’ in southern Maungdaw on February 21, a BGP corporal — from the camp of ‘Horo Thilla’ hamlet — hit a 7-year-old boy, Arifullah (son of) Zaitu, while he was standing by the roadside in front of his house at ‘Morik Chaung’ hamlet (of Myint Hlut) causing him severe injuries. The BGP promised that he would provide him expenses for his medical treatments. However, he hasn’t lived up to his promise and failed to give the victim the medical expenses yet, according to a source in the village.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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