msa March 13, 2017

By RVision TV Correspondent | March 13, 2017

Maungdaw — Almost 40 hours after three Myanmar troops went absconding, they were nabbed by their commander and other troop members from the jungles of Northern Maungdaw on Sunday (March 12) evening, it has been reported.

The three soldiers in uniforms along with their guns fled from their battalion 536 based at the ‘Zaydi Pyin’ Buddhist monastery in the village of ‘Londoong’ in northern Maungdaw at around 11:00 PM last Friday (Mar 10).

After that, they broke into a Rohingya home at the nearby village of ‘Sabbay Gone (Haazir Bil)’ and demanded Kyat 200,000 from the family claiming they (the soldiers) were in troubles.

“They came into my home and said that they were in grave troubles and needed Kyat 200,000 to flee. They were forcing us but we only had Kyat 10,000. So, we gave them to them so that they don’t torture us”, said the head of the family asking to withhold the identities of his and his family members.

After they had left, the terrified family informed the villagers of the incident, who in turn informed the village administrator and the commander of the Battalion 536.

“We were terrified by it. In case that anything had happened to them, the authorities would have accused us of killing them and burnt down our village. So, we rushed to report it to the relevant authorities”, said a villager of Sabbay Gone.

In the morning on Saturday (March 11), the commander and other military personnel from the Battalion 536 and the village administrator of ‘Sabbay Gone’ started out in search of the soldiers. At around 10 AM on Saturday, one of the three soldiers surrendered.

At around 2:30 PM on Sunday (March 12), other two soldiers were arrested by their commander and his forces while they (the two soldiers) were absconding amidst the jungles located to the east of Sabbay Gone village.

It is not exactly known why the soldiers fled from their camp as we couldn’t reach out to the administrator of ‘Sabbay Gone’ or other relevant authorities.

In a separate incident early in the evening on Friday (Mar 10), five militants believed to be Rakhine Buddhists raided the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) Camp at the village of ‘Aung Zan’ in Region 2 in northern Maungdaw and fled with at least three unloaded guns.

According to our sources , the Police stopped them by the check-post upon suspicions. Many explosive materials and remote controls used to make weapons were found upon searching them. As the policemen were checking their bags, they were said to have raided the camps and fled the place with the policemen guns.

The Myanmar Ministry of Information (MOI) Portal has also reported the incident. 

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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