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Displaced Rohingya Face Imprisonment for Inability to Pay Ransom

By Rohingya Mirror

Maungdaw (Rohingya Vision) – An internally displaced Rohingya in Maungdaw Township face jail terms as he’s unable to pay the ransom demanded by the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP), according to the reliable sources.

The displaced Rohingya is identified to be U Shafiur Rahman Rashid Ahmed from ‘Thayet Pyin’ village, Rathedaung Township. The victim, currently living at ‘Shil Khali (Chin Khali)’ IDP Camps in southern Maungdaw, has been accused of possessing ‘Bangala SIM Card’ by U Khaing Soe Linn, a BGP-Sentry-Unit In-Charge in the region.

“U Khaing Soe Linn, a BGP-Sentry-Unit In-Charge at ‘Kodan Kauk’ village under the (BGP) in ‘Inn Din (Aan Daang)’ village, arrested U Shafiur Rahman, an internally displaced Rohingya, accusing of possessing ‘Bangala’ Sim Card. He, then, demanded Kyat 1 Million ransom from him for his release.

Since the poor displaced Rohingya man was man was unable to pay the ransom, the BGP officer handed him over to the higher officer in the ‘Aan Daang’ camp. The commander in the ‘Aan Daang’ camp is also trying to extort money from him without investigating if the charge alleged against him is true.

The displaced, therefore, is to likely face lengthy jail terms for arbitrary charges,” a local Rohingya in Shil Khali said.

The displaced person left his native place as his village in Rathedaung was burnt down by Rakhine extremists in June, 2012, and has been living in the IDP camps in southern Maungdaw since then. He is also said to actively cooperate with the officials from UN Agencies and Aid workers from NGOs and INGOs and has been earlier arrested by the Border Guard Police several times earlier for that.

“The BGP has arrested him and extorted money from him several times for helping UN Agencies. Now, where on earth will a person who can’t manage to have two regular meals a day be able to pay the ransom money of Kyat 1 Million? We urge the concerned authorities to take action against the arbitrary BGP Officers in the region for their arbitrary arrests of the innocent people and extorting money from them,” the local man continued.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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