Sunday, 23 September 2018
Maungdaw, Arakan State:  A group of Natala villagers stole a bull from a Rohingya villager last night, from his cow shed. The bull is worth at least Kyat 300,000, a close relative of the owner said. 
 
The owner of the bull has been identified as Nurul Islam (37), son of Mokhulur Rahman. He hailed from Maung Nama Village of Maungdaw Township. If he does not get the bull back, he would be unable to till his farmland this rainy season.
 
Yesterday, at about 2:00 am, a group of Natala villagers with lethal weapons went to Maung Nama village to steal a bull. The Natala village, Aung Thaya, is only 1.5 kms away from the Rohingya village called Maung Nama. The Natala villagers, 5 in number, after arriving in the village, were secretly stealing a bull from the owner’s cow shed at night. But, they (Natala villagers) met one of the villagers on the road, and seeing the incident, the villager raised a hue and cry. Hearing the noise, some of the villagers, including the owner of the bull rushed to the spot, but the Natala villagers entered their own village, added the relative.
 
When the Rohingya villagers approached the Natala village, the Natala villagers attacked them, so that the Rohingya villagers withdrew.
 
The following day, the owner accompanied by Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) members went to the Nasaka Headquarters to inform them about the matter. The concerned authority promised to look into the mater, a schoolteacher said.  
 
The Natala villagers are very notorious and have been brought by concerned authorities to Arakan north from Burma proper to settle them there, to harass the Rohingya community and to drive away the Rohingya people. They frequently steal cattle from the Rohingya community and sell meat at the market of Nasaka headquarters. The Natala villagers are never asked by the Nasaka where they get meat to sell in the market, as they have no cattle, a friend of the victim said.
 
The Natala villagers are encouraged by the concerned authorities to harass the nearby Rohingya villagers by any means, said a villager on condition of anonymity.
 
Earlier too, the Natala villagers committed robbery, looted money and goods, stole cattle from the Rohingya villagers.