Wednesday, May 15, 2014
Maungdaw, Arakan state- Rohingya passers-by are daily harassed and looted by Rakhine Police stationed at the monastery in a Rakhine village under Tharay Kunbaung (Sair Kunbaw) tract, southern Maungdaw.
“Hefzur Rahman is a local of Quarter 2, Maungdaw, and sole trader of live-stocks such as chicken in the township. While on his way back to his village with the chickens he had bought in Maungdaw south, around 12:30PM on 12th May 2014, he was stopped by Police stationed at Monastery in Rakhine village of Tharay Kunbaung village tract. They charged him Kyat 1,000 as usual for going through the Police’s check-post.
And they grabbed Kyat 3,000 more asking who gave him permission to trade chickens” said a witness of the incident.
“These Police Officers always harass Rohingya passers-by. They loot money and properties belong to them, motorcyclists and vehicle owners etc. If people refuse to fulfill their demands, they beat people as well. They mainly target Rohingya religious scholars” he continued.
“On the same day (i.e. around 5PM on 12th May 2014), a Rohingya named Ali Hussein hails from the village of Kyauk Pandu (Shitaaf), southern Maungdaw, was on his way back home from the downtown of Maungdaw. When he arrived at the place in front of Maungdaw District Administration Office in Myoma Kayintan (Shidda Fara), he was stopped by U Than Maung Gyi, Second in Command Officer in Maungdaw Police Station. And the police officer robbed Kyat 100,000 out of Kyat 500,000 he had in him.
The Police officer was earlier posted in Inn Dinn (Aan Daang) Police Station in southern Maungdaw. During his time in the region, he tortured local Rohingya in various means for money” another local Rohingya reported.