Rohingya Man Sent to Prison on Arbitrary Charges
By Rohingya Mirror
Maungdaw, Arakan (Rohingya Vision) — Myanmar’s Border Guard Police has sent an innocent Rohingya man to Buthidaung Prison under arbitrary charges, according to the local sources.
The victim is identified to be Ziarur Rahman Khala, 23, hails from middle hamlet of Kyein Chaung village also Bolibazaar in northern Maungdaw. The police arrested him on June 10 alleging that he possessed Bangladesh Mobile Phone which actually belonged to someone else.
“Ziarur Rahman was going to ‘Ngakuara (Nag Pura)’ village riding his motorcycle on June 10 evening. And he met with another unknown motor-biker as he arrived at ‘Londoong’ village. And when they arrived at ‘Dudan (Ludaing)’ village, they were stopped by the Border Guard Police waiting in front of the ‘Dudan’ village administration office. The captain of the Border Guard Police from ‘Ngakura’ camp and his group stopped them, the motor-biker following him (i.e. Ziarur Rahman) from ‘Londoong’ fled speeding up his motorcycle. But he accidentally dropped a mobile phone as he was fleeing. Both Myanmar Sim Card and Bangala Sim Card were found in the phone.
Although it was clear that the mobile phone didn’t belong to him (Ziarur Rahman), since the BGP could not arrest the actual owner, they arrested him accusing that the belonged to him. They also seized his motorcycle. As soon as they took him ‘Ngakura’ BGP station, the BGP started beating him and demanded Kyat 800,000 ransom from him for his release. Since he is innocent, he refused to give them such a huge amount of money. Therefore, the police sent him Buthidaung prison on June 12 on pretext of illegal possessions of Bangladesh mobile phone” said an elderly person in northern Maungdaw.
“No court trial was carried out. Nor was he given any right to defend to prove himself innocent. It was arbitrary. The BGP are demanding Kyat 200,000 from his family to return his motorcycle” he added.
The Border Guard Police (BGP) from ‘Ngakura’ station (of region -Nay Myay- 5) are plundering nearby villages; arbitrarily beating and arresting people; and looting Rohingya owned shops in the region. However, the commander of the BGP in the region is turning blind eye to the rioting by the police under his command as if he doesn’t know anything.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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