Myanmar Authority to Force Rohingya to Accept ‘Illegal Bengali’ Classification

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By July 12, 2014 18:41

Myanmar Authority to Force Rohingya to Accept ‘Illegal Bengali’ Classification

By MYARF & Rohingya Eye

Sunday, July 13, 2014 ׀ Rvisiontv.com

Maungdaw, Arakan: Myanmar authority is in full swing to forcibly classify Rohingyas as ‘Bengali Immigrants’ by means of threats and tortures, say locals of Maungdaw.

A group of Border Guard Police and Immigration Together in Oo Kye Kyar Village,northern Maungdaw, attempting to forcibly classify Rohingyas as Illegal Bengalis.

A joint group of Border Guard Police and Immigration in Oo Kye Kyar Village,northern Maungdaw, attempting to forcibly classify Rohingyas as Illegal Bengalis.

The real motive behind this operation in disguise of a census by Myanmar Border Police and Immigration is to ultimately brand them as Illegal Immigrants on their own land. That is the reason why they are unwilling to participate in such an ill-willed census, according to the local Rohingyas.

“Around 10AM on June 11, Friday, head of the Maungdaw Immigration Department and other two staffs arrived at Myoma Kayindan (Shidda Fara) village to hold a meeting with the village’s elders regarding the census classifying Rohingyas as Illegal Bengalis.

Thus, in the meeting, the Rohingya elders replied ‘we don’t accept classifying as Bengalis. If our ethnicity ‘Rohingya’ is recognized, only then we will participate.’

The immigration chief again said that President Thein Sein had openly announced that there’s no Rohingya in Myanmar. Hence, they would scrutinize Rohingyas soon and classify them only as Bengali. Furthermore, he threatened ‘if you do not participate in the census, you can’t imagine how grave trouble you will be in. And we will start the census in your village very soon.’ And they left afterwards’’ said local of the village declining to be named.

“On Thursday as well, Border Guard Police (BGP) entered Pa-nyaung-pin-gyi village (known as Dong Khali) in southern Maungdaw and tried to force its villagers to accept ‘Illegal Bengali’ tag. When the people refused, they summoned a 10-household leader and asked him the details of the each household in the village. They noted them down. And they left the village without carrying out the operation” he continued.

Similarly, last Monday, second in command of BGP accompanying other five BGP Forces charged in BGP Headquarter in Kyi Kan Pyin village- also known as Khawar Bil- and its village administrator, Zakaria, raided a few Rohingya homes at its hamlet, Wa-peik (called Wa’Bek in Rohingya).

“The purpose behind the raid was to arrest the head of each of households under the accusation of persuading their villagers not to take part in the so-called census. The names of the accused are:

1)     Noor Mohammed (son of) Fazal Ahmed (of age 55)

2)     Sayed Ahmed (son of) Fazal Ahmed (of age 38)

3)     Shakir Ahmed (son of) Fazal Ahmed (of age 35)

4)     Zafar (son of) Mohammed Hashim (of age 21)

5)     Yunose (son of) Zafar (of age 33)

When the above-mentioned people had escaped, the BGP tortured their family members, women and children. Consequently, they sustained severe injuries. And the BGP shot warning shots five times in the air to frighten the villagers trying to come for the rescue of the victims.

The names of the victims tortured by the BGP are:

1)     Daw Mustafa (daughter of) Noju (of age 50), suffered broken skull

2)     Iliyaz (son of) Noor Mohammed (of age 25), suffered broken skull

3)     Hussein (son of) Shomshu (of age 27), suffered broken skull

4)     Hafiz Ahmed (son of) Shomshu (of age 29), suffered broken skull

5)     Munawara (daughter of) Khala Shuna (of 28), suffered broken skull

6)     Sufaira (daughter of) Iqbal (of age 23), suffered broken skull

7)     Taslima (daughter of) Noor Mohammed (of age 25), suffered broken skull

8)     Sameera (daughter of) Mohammed Hashim (of age 23), suffered broken hand” a local Rohingya elder said.

Moreover, it has been learnt that on June 5, BGP Commander of Region 6 summoned Rohingya Religious Scholars for a meeting in his office. In the meeting, he delivered a speech full of threats. According to a local of the village, he said “you all are Bengalis. Why do you refuse to be scrutinized? We will start our operation soon. If you dare refuse to participate, we will show you hell out of it.”

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