By Tin Soe

Maungdaw, Arakan State:
Ten robberies have occurred in two months this year in Maungdaw where the Burmese border security force, Nasaka has imposed a curfew, said a member of the village authority from Ngan Chaung village.

The robberies occurred in Tha Win Chaung (Basara), Ngarsarkyeu (Ngasagru), Ngan Chaung (Nan Chaung), Doe tan, Thapaygone, Lounddon  (Kurkali), Patha,  and Aungthaya village  this year, he said.

The house of the village chairman Musa of Nga Chaung village was looted on February 9 by unknown miscreants.  When villagers shouted for help the Nasaka personnel at the outpost fired two rounds and the robbers fired back four rounds and took gold and money.  The wife of the chairman, who resisted the robbers, was beaten up, he said. 

“The chairman fled, when the robbers entered his house,” he added.

The Nasaka sector from Number 3, 4 and 5 has issued orders that no Nasaka personnel was to go out of the camp after 19:00 to morning 5:00. But, 15 Nasaka personnel from the camp go out from the camp at midnight to check the guard house of the village and collect chickens from guards on duty, said a villager, who gave a chicken to Nasaka personnel.

In Northern Arakan, the Nasaka and police are in charge of all security.  It has tightened security on the border and inside, yet robbers enter northern Arakan and loot the local people, said an elder from Maungdaw.