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Military Captain Arbitrarily Levy on Rohingya Fishermen

A military captain has levied in considerably high amount of arbitrary charges on Rohingya fishermen in Rathedaung Township, says a local

By Rohingya Mirror

R-Vision TV News

Maungdaw — A newly appointed military captain at the camp located to the south of ‘Kodan Kauk’ Rakhine village summoned the Rohingya fishermen in ‘Angu Maw,’ ‘Kodan Kauk’ and ‘Shil Khali’ villages in Rathedaung on March 11, 2016.

In the meeting, the captain (of the camp, a camp under the commandment of Kyauk Pandu Military Battalion in southern Maungdaw) imposed inconsiderably high amount of duty charges on each of the Rohingya boat.

He imposed Kyat 20,000 each on a Peddle Boat, Kyat 50,000 each on an engine boat and Kyat 80,000 each on a big fishing trawler per outing to the sea respectively. He further ordered that the charges must be paid by 30th March or otherwise, there will be interest charged on the levies along with the punishments for the fishermen.

“Earlier, the military used to charge Kyat 3,000 for a paddle boat and Kyat 10,000 for an engine boat. Now, he has hiked everything inconsiderably.

And we need to pay monthly charges to the Commander of Border Guard Police at Camp 18 in Inn Din (Aan Daang) village as well.  So, when two fishermen said it would be very difficult for us to pay such amount to the military captain, he started beating them inhumanely,” said a fisherman in Rathedaung.

The local fishermen were too poor to pay the amount demanded. Hence, they had to pay the charges selling their properties to save their livelihoods, according to the sources.

There are 113 fishing boats including Peddle Boats and Engine Boats in three villages — Kodan Kauk, Aangu Maw and Shil Khali — combined.

Besides, the Rohingya fishermen at the following villages under the BGP (Border Guard Police) commandment area 18 in southern Maungdaw and Rathedaung Township have to pay Kyat 3,000 to Kyat 10,000 per boat every month.

1) Gora Khali (Onn Taw)

2) Udaung

3) Thab Byay Taw

4) Myint Hlut (Mer Ullah)

5) Kyauk Pandu (Shitaaf)

6) Thinbaw Kway (Kullon)

7) Inn Din (Aan Daang)

8) Thawan Chaung (Bassara)

9) Shil Khali (Chin Khali)

10) Kodan Kauk

11) Aangu Maw

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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