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A Rohingya, Village In-Charge of Duchiradan, Killed by Unknown Assailants

By Rohingya Mirror and HN Ahmed

Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) — The village In-Charge of Duchiradan, a Rohingya village hit by the state-sponsored violence in early 2014, was killed by some unknown assailants yesterday morning, according to reliable sources.

The village in-charge, Sultan Ahmed (son of) Abdu Salam 24, was attacked by the assailants around 4:00AM in the morning after breaking into his home.

Reports say that he was shot few times and stabbed several times on his body that killed him after being admitted to hospital. The killers left the home as soon as their job was done. Hence, it is thought that the assassination was well-planned and well-executed.

“Sultan Ahmed, the village administrator of Duchiradan (Kilaidaung), was said to be sleeping around 4:00AM in the morning and his wife was out for washroom. Meanwhile, some unknown assailants broke into his home.

They shot him a few times using guns or pistols. He was also stabbed several times. Soon after the attack, the assailants fled and the Border Guard Police (BGP) and the Military arrived. They sent to Maungdaw Hospital where he later died.

The BGP started raiding the village to arrest people and so the villagers, mostly men, fled homes in fear of the arrests.

Scores of innocent people are said to have been arrested by the BGP on pretext of investigation. The village is still under siege” said a local Rohingya on the condition of anonymity.

“The villagers are of the opinions that he was killed by the assailants linked with the village administrator, U Aung Zan Phru, a Rakhine extremist hail from ‘Kaye Myaing’ hamlet of Duchiradan village tract.

The administrator (U Aung Zan Phru) and the village in-charge (Sultan Ahmed) had been in disputes over the shares of the money extorted and the properties seized from the Rohingya villagers. It is also that the administrator wanted the village in-charge to give him some shares of money (that the village in-charge) received from drug-peddling in cooperation with the Regional Commander of BGP, Major Nyein Chan Aye. (Recently, the BGP Commander and the Village In-charge started trafficking Yaba Tablets from Yangon to Bangladesh via southern Maungdaw.)

The assailants could be the members of Rakhine Militants from Arakan Army (AA) carrying out militant activities in the forests nearby the village and other regions. The village administrator allegedly had contacts with the Arakan Army” he added.

Sultan Ahmed was a newly married man that had got married some 25 days ago.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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