Thursday, 28 May 2020

Maungdaw, Arakan State: A youth was arrested by police on August 25, in Maungdaw Township on the allegation that was involved in human trafficking, said a close relative on condition of anonymity. 

The victim was identified as Kamal Hussain (16), son of Md. Haroon from Kilaidaung (Doe Thay Radan) of Maungdaw Township.

On that day, the police officer Toe Toe of police station of Doe Thay Radan and the local Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) Chairman U Aye Maung from Rakhine village went to the victim’s house at about noon and arrested Kamal Hussain alleging that he was a human trafficker. He was severely tortured for a confessional statement at the police station.

“The victim is very young and he does not know what human trafficking is. It is a false and fabricated case for extortion from the father of the arrested,” the relative said.

However, he was released after paying Kyat 200,000.

Earlier, the police officer along with VPDC Chairman U Aye Maung arrested other villagers over all kinds of allegations  for money.

In Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, Nasaka, army and police commit crimes with impunity against the Rohingya community. The higher authorities are silent despite complaints, said a local trader. 

Rohingya people are passing their days in an inhuman condition.

A village elder said, “The arrested is innocent. The accusation was made for extortion. The police officer knows that the father of the arrestee is rich.”

“Rohingya villagers in Maungdaw and Buthidaung are a source of earning for Nasaka, army and police,” said a local businessman.