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Military Arbitrarily Arrest Five Rohingya Villagers

By Rohingya Eye | February 14, 2017

Maungdaw — The Myanmar military arbitrarily arrested five local Rohingya people at the village of Kyikanpyin locally known as Hawar Bil in Northern Maungdaw in the early morning last Friday (on Feb 10), a reliable source has reported.

60 Myanmar Military Personnel in three groups conducted raids in Kyikanpyin and ransacked local residences at around 2:00 AM on Friday. One of the three groups went towards the fishery ponds to the West of the villages and nabbed total were 8 Rohingyas while they were sleeping in a hut nearby a fishery pond after fishing. 

Of the 8 people arbitrarily arrested, 3 were released later and the remaining 5 were transferred to the headquarter of the Border Guard Police (BGP). The victims are:

1) Mohammed Ishaaq (35), s/o Abu Sufyan

2) Farooq (33), Abu Sufyan

3) Hafizurrahman (38)

4) Shomshu (25), Noor Alam

5) Shuna Meah (35), Sayed Ahmed

“They are innocent and have no links with any suspicious people. They were just fishing in their own fishery ponds for their daily meals. They slept at a fishery hut as they were unable to return home at night.

“They are now subjected to arbitrary trials and long term imprisonment”, said a local in northern Maungdaw on the condition of anonymity.

However, the Myanmar State Counsellor Office Information Committee announced that the 5 people were arrested while they were walking towards ‘Chwe Ta Pyin’ hamlet of ‘Zin Pine Nyar’ village at around 8:00 pm on February 10, which is factually incorrect.

Apart from the killings of around 1,000 Rohingya civilians and mass rapes of the Rohingya women in the name of ‘Region Clearance Operation’ since October 9, 2017, the Burmese armed forces, the BGP and the military, have arbitrarily arrested more than 1,000 people who were later either handed long term imprisonments or subjected to enforced disappearances.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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