BGP Extort Money from Rohingyas like Licensed Robbers

By November 2, 2015 05:09

BGP Extort Money from Rohingyas like Licensed Robbers

By Rohingya Mirror

Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – The Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) has been extorting money from the local Rohingyas like licensed robbers in Maungdaw Township for a long time, says a local in the township.

The money extortion by the BGP at ‘Kyein Chaung (Boli Bazaar)’ village in northern Maungdaw has been one of the worst crimes taking place in the township. The BGP beat, harass and arrest the locals when they refuse to give them money.

It has been reported that the BGP staff named U Zaw Zaw has been at the forefront to beat and extort money from the Rohingyas.

“Zaw Zaw, under the instruction of the higher officer, in-charge of the Kyein Chaung station, go out of the station at day time and roam everywhere to stop the passers-by for ransom.

He, then, gives some shares of the money extorted to the in-charge of the station as license fees,” said a local in the village.

Zaw Zaw stopped Mr. Noor Islam Bashir Ahmed, 30, hails from ‘Tet Chaung’ hamlet of ‘Nat Chaung’ village tract on Kyeing Chaung-Taung Pyo highway on October 28. And he found some medicines with Mr. Noor Islam prescribed by his body upon searching his body.

And then, the police staff penalised him Kyat 100,000 for the medicines (prescribed by the doctors). And he robbed Kyat 100,000 from him, according to an eye-witness.

Similarly, on the same day, he extorted Kyat 1,000 from every motor-cycle-taxi owner upon their arrivals at Kyein Chaung Market.

“The police staff shouted, scolded, beat the local motor-taxi riders. He extorted money Kyat 100,000 in total from 100 motor-taxi owners. It has been witnessed by the different departments of the authorities.

But nobody said anything to stop him. So, he has been committing licensed crimes with impunity,” said a Rohingya who witnessed the incident.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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