Friday, 29 May 2020

Maungdaw, Arakan State: In an interesting development villagers were arrested by the local Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) Chairman in Maungdaw Township instead of Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) on false accusations, according to a local businessman.

On January 3, Abdu Jabber (55), and his son Mohamed Jubair (17) from Kunna Para (Tharay Kondan) village of Maungdaw Township were arrested by the local VPDC Chairman Md. Harun (25), son of Md. Yasin on the allegation that they had gone to Bangladesh.

The VPDC Chairman handed over them to the local Tun Chaung Nasaka camp in Maungdaw south, Arakan State, Burma.

Those arrested had no regard for the Chairman because of his notorious activities among villagers with the help of the authorities such as--- the Nasaka, Sarapa (Military Intelligence) and police. The village Chairman decided to take revenge when the opportunity came, said a close relative of the victim. 

The arrested father and son were brought to Tun Chaung Naska camp and have been detained for extortion. The Nasaka Commander demanded Kyat 300,000 for their release, but the detainees were unable to manage the money on demand.

However, two days later, on January 5, they were set free after fleecing Kyat 200,000 from them, said a neighbour of the victims who did not want to be named. 

“Some of the villagers had to flee to Bangladesh to evade arrest. The Chairman with the help of local Nasaka personnel harass villagers who are from well-to-do families and who protest against his notorious activities among villagers,” said a local elder preferring not to be named.

“Arakanese Rohingya people are terribly unlucky because they are even harassed by their own community local Chairman,” said a local schoolteacher.