By Sindhi Khan
Maungdaw, Arakan ׀ Saturday, June 28, 2014
Maungdaw Police harassed an innocent Rohingya on Tuesday and arbitrarily extorted money from him amidst ongoing concerns among local Rohingyas that the Police misuse its power and authority.
Maungdaw Police has been always been inconsiderate against local Rohingya people because most of the police personnel in Maungdaw are of Rakhine ethnic background. Since the violence in Arakan began in June 2012, they have started treating local Rohingyas brutally. The police abuse its power and authority to harass and torture Rohingyas, according to a local Rohingya in Maungdaw, who declined to be identified.
“For instance, Shakir (son of) Ajimuddin (of age 25) hails from Nyaung Chaung village arrived at downtown of Maungdaw for shopping around 2PM on June 24. Meanwhile, *Police forcibly stopped and forcibly took him into a tea-shop nearby Maungdaw Police Station.
Then, the police arbitrarily accused him of gambling *Chay-Htoo. They didn’t find any evidence that Shakir had bet Chay-Htoo. Yet, the police harassed and released him only after extorting Kyat 200,000. We have learnt that Shakir bears a good character and doesn’t have the habit of betting” the Rohingya said.
“However, Chay-Htoo betting is openly operated at a photography shop called ‘Sannkyi Win’ owned by a Rakhine in Quarter 2. Yet, no authority takes action against him. Even Police from Maungdaw Station comes to the shop and bets openly. No one is there to take action against that” he added.
Maungdaw Police harasses arrests and tortures Rohingya passers-by under arbitrary accusation for money extortion. It has been learnt that Maboo (son of) Khala Meah (of age 45) hails from Bohmuu village of Quarter 2 is a collaborator of the police.
– About some usages in the report,
*Nyaung Chaung= Khadir Bil (Original Term, in Rohingya Language) is a village in southern Maungdaw
*Police= Police here means members of Regional Security Police Team (Nay Htin Apphwe in Burmese) led by Second Lieutenant Htu Htu (known as Bolay Htu Htu in Maungdaw)
*Chay-Htoo= A form of betting like Toto in Malaysia and Singapore considered to be in illegal in Myanmar
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