Rakhine Men Suspected of Having Links with Militants Escape from Arrest
By Rohingya Eye
Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – Several Rakhine (Magh) men suspected of having links with a militant group called Arakan Army (AA) escaped from the arrests by the Burmese (Myanmar) Military during raids conducted at Rakhine villages in Maungdaw last week, the local sources report.
It has been learnt that the suspected Rakhines managed to escape the military arrests due to the information tips shared by the township administration and the respective village.
Of the suspected Rakhines managed to escape the arrests, one man is identified to be U Hla Myint (son of) U Ni Maung Chay, 26, from the West-Quarter in Maungdaw. He is a rich Rakhine businessman and also a member of Arakan National Party (ANP). Sources have also revealed that he has been involved with Arakan Army (AA) and Illegal Businesses.
He managed to escape from the arrests by the military during a raid carried out in the West-Quarter on 7th January afternoon as he had pre-informed of the raid by the township administration.
The government troops have been carrying out many raids in Rakhine quarters and villages to arrests the people (Rakhines) for their alleged links with Arakan Army that have been intensely fighting with the (government) troops. However, the troops have hardly managed to arrest any as the district administrations, the township administration and the respective village administrations — that have been set up with the Rakhine nationals only — inform the people connected with the militants of the raids to be conducted.
[Edited by M.S. Anar]
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