msa October 24, 2015

By Rohingya Mirror

Maumgdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – The Burmese Police has charged two Rohingya men in Maungdaw Township for refusing to fulfil their demands for money, according to the reliable sources.

The injustice is rooted to an event where the military and the Border Guard Police (BGP) conducted raids in Rohingya homes at Myint Hlut (Mer Ullah) village in southern Maungdaw on October 18 night. During the raids in the village’s hamlets called ‘Jin Taw and Myau Chaung,’ the military arrested two innocent Rohingya men from each hamlet respectively.

The arrestees are identified to be U Na Gu (son of) Faas Kori, 39, from Jin Taw hamlet and U Salim @ Khin Maung (son of) Baitta from Myau Chaung hamlet respectively. The military themselves inserted ‘Bangala SIM Cards’ into the phones of the victims and accused them of possessing the illegal SIM Cards.

Then, the military demanded ransom money from them. Since they refused to pay the ransom money, they were transferred to Maungdaw Police on October 19. Now, the Maungdaw Police charged them with illegal possessions of Bangala SIM Cards and detained in the police custody.

“Actually, the military, police, border guard police and other authorities as well as Rakhines freely use illegal Bangala Sim cards. But we are arrested, detained and imprisoned even when we don’t use it,” said a local in southern Maungdaw.

Nowadays, the arbitrary arrests and detentions of innocent Rohingya people on false allegations and for refusing to pay ransom money to the authorities have become rampant. However, they have been committing the crimes with impunity. Higher authorities do not take actions against them.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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