Police Beat Up and Arrest Rohingya Villagers for Ransom
By Rohingya Eye | February 8, 2017
Maungdaw — The Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) have beaten up and arrested numbers of Rohingya villagers in northern Maungdaw, releasing them later after extortion of ransom money, it has been reported.
The Border Guard Police (BGP)-involved in the tortures and money extortions are identified as the members of the Camp based at the village of ‘Kwan Thi Pin’ in the northern Maungdaw.
Last Sunday (on Feb 5), four BGP members arrested a 70-year-old man, Halu Allaudin, while he was working in his garden. They began torturing him and freed him only after Kyat 100,000.
Soon after releasing him, the BGP arrested another villager named ‘Bodi Alam (son of) Noor Mohammed, 30. They began beating him up to the extent that the man lost his consciousness. Eventually, his relatives had to pay Kyat 300,000 to the BGP to stop torturing and release him.
Besides, on the same day, the four BGP personnel arrested following two villagers were arbitrarily arrested and detained in the Camp for the whole night. The next day, the BGP released him after Kyat 50,000 from each.
“The BGP come and raid homes in the villages in northern Maungdaw. When the village men fled in fear of arrests and tortures, the BGP become furious. When they stay home, they arrest and beat them; and extort money from them.
We want the higher authorities or the concerned quarters to take punishments against these policemen so that they stop behaving robbers and hooligans,” said a local Rohingya man in northern Maungdaw, speaking to Rohingya Vision TV, on the condition of anonymity.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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