Tuesday 2 October 2012

Harassments increase in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The harassments are being increased in Maungdaw south against the Rohingya villagers by security forces since September 30, said a local elder on condition of anonymity.

'On September 30, in the morning, a group of--- army, Sarapa (military intelligence), Nasak (Burma's border security force),--- accompanied by some local Natala villagers went to Horsaraona  and Lamba Gona villages of Zawmatet village tract and tried to arrest the villagers. So the villagers ran away and the security forces beaten up some 30 women including Ms Madani and entered the house  looting  some gold, money, clothes and .destroyed household things.  They looted 35 cows, and over 50 goats from the village. They entered at least 40 houses and destroyed cooking pots and some new ones were taken away by them. They also arrest some villagers including Fazal Haque and were brought to the Nasaka camp. The Natakla villagers were holding long swords during the operation period of security forces."

The same security forces also entered the Marulla Para (village) of Maungdaw south and took away eight family lists by Nasaka and asked the female villagers to choose it by giving money when their husbands arrived from hiding places, said a local elder. 

They also went to Sarcombo village and its market and chased the villagers to arrest, but one villager named Fazal Ahmed (45) was arrested by the Nasaka. They also beaten up women villagers as they did not find their husbands. A woman from this village was severely beaten up by the security force as she barred them to take away her three cows. They also took away seven cows from the village, said  a local villager

Besides, the security forces entered the Kunna Para (village), and tried to arrest the villagers and insulted the females and some villagers were arrested, according to a youth from the village.

According to villagers, about 300 youths are being trained at Bawli Bazar army camp of Maungdaw Township to since last September. After training, they will be appointed   to Rakhine villages as Militants. The training is going from 8 am to 4pm. They will be equipped after training.   This makes Rohingya villagers frighten.

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