Maungdaw, Arakan State: Three Rohingya women blocked personnel of Nasaka led by an officer from entering their home without a search warrant on August 18, said a local elder from  Maungnee village of Maungdaw.
A section of Burmese border security force (Nasaka) led by Captain Aung Myo Than from out post camp number one with a collaborator Mohamed Alam went to Taher Hussion‘s house to search for illegal Bangladeshi mobile phones on August 18. But, the daughters of Taher Hussion barred the Nasaka officer from entering their home without a search warrant. A dispute ensued, the elder said.

With tempers rising, the woman pulled the shirt of the officer making him angry. He charged her with obstructing an officer on duty and arrested all the family members including the father, who was not at home at that time, said a village authority member of Maungnee village.

A section of Nasaka personnel (around 15 members) entered the house and searched, but failed to find any illegal things, said the village authority member.

At the last moment, the collaborator Mohamed Alam shouted that he had found a mobile set on the upper frame of a window with a Bangladeshi mobile connection, the village authority said.

Later, the family members were released after they paid Kyat 500,000 except the house owner Taher Hussion following negotiation by village authorities, said a close relative of the family.

Mohamed Alam, is a drunkard and a gambler, who has been harassing and disturbing the villagers on false allegations with the help of Nasaka personnel to extort money from the public along with Captain Aung Myo Than, who is known for corruption by taking money to give permission to use Bangladeshi mobiles. The villagers of Maungnee have been complaining about it, said a school teacher from Maungdaw.