Thursday, 18 July 2019

Maungdaw, Burma: Possessing mobile sets in Arakan State in Burma is deemed to be a crime or so it would seem. Two Rohingyas in Maungdaw Township in Arakan were arrested by Nasaka -- Burma’s border security force on January 20 for carrying cell phones.


The two detained are Mohamed Hussain (42), son of Inna Amin and Abul Hashim (22) son of Ali Ahamed. Both belong to Fadansa village in Maungdaw Township.


The two were not handed over to the local police station but were kept in Nasaka’s detention centre.


They duo were severely tortured in Nasaka custody for admitting that they had Bangladeshi mobile phones.


Always on the lookout for making an extra buck, the Nasaka in Maungdaw Township, Arakan extort money from villagers accusing them of having Bangladeshi mobile phones, said a village elder requesting anonymity.


Earlier, the Nasaka and police in Maungdaw Township had arrested many people for possessing Bangladeshi cell phones, but most were released after a huge amount was extorted from them. Some, however, were dispatched to jail, said a villager.


The authorities mostly accuse innocent villagers or traders of being involved in illegal activities so as to fleece them. A lot of money has been earned by the law enforcers using this ploy, said a trader in Maungdaw town.