Maungdaw- A Police officer collaborated with two village heads and a land-surveyor destroyed the new houses of three poor Rohingya built after collapse their former houses due to river erosion as they failed extorting money secondly in northern Maungdaw, Arakan, said a villager.
Due to river erosion in the rainy season, many houses alongside the Proma Chaung river bank collapsed where most families were able to build houses in the same compounds moving a little bit back as the compounds were spacious. But three poor Rohingya were unable and so the authorities gave them permission to build new houses in nearer hill-side after a sum of money extortion. The three poor Rohingya are:
- Aenayot Ullah, son of Zafour Alam, was extored 205 thousands and 150 thousands kyats by village head U Ansu Maung and land surveyor U Sen Hla Maung of Senkapanrang respectively, 50 thousands Kyats by police officer U Ba Tun from Kring Chaung Camp and 125 thousands Kyats by Kring Chaung village head U Aung Kyaw Thien.
- Mouson Ali, son of Abul Huson, was extored 260 thousands and 280 thousands kyats by village head and land surveyor of Senkapanrang respectively, 50 thousands Kyats by police officer and 225 thousands Kyats by Kring Chaung village head.
- Mason, son of Amir Huson, was extorted 50 thousands and 15 thousands kyats by village head and land surveyor of Senkapanrang respectively, 25 thousands Kyats by police officer and 50 thousands Kyats by Kring Chaung village head.
After about a month, the authorities demanded money again from them but the poor Rohingya people could not give as they became penniless totally. But the rude authorities did not stop there.
They brought the permission from the township administrator to destroy the houses reporting falsely that some Rohingya villagers built houses on farmlands. On 23 August, the three houses were destroyed due to the strong instruction of the Senkapanrang village head U Ansu Maung.
At present the poor and helpless Rohingya families have become homeless and are passing nights and days under the open sky without sleeping properly and having hygienic foods for the cruelty of the authorities concerned.
Edited by: M. Shuaib
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