Thursday, 28 May 2020

Buthidaung, Burma: A villager from a Natala (model) village was killed in a clash between Natala and Rohingya villagers following which the Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) destroyed an entire Rohingya village.

On April 15, a group of Natala villagers armed with lethal weapons including choppers, knives, swords and sticks went to the village Magh Bill in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State at the dead of night with the intention of robbing the village.

After arriving in the Rohingya village Mogh Bill, the Natala villagers tried to rob the house of Salamat Ullah (25) son of Haron Rashid. Fortunately, the family members woke up while the robbers were trying to enter the house. They raised a hue and cry and villagers rushed to the spot and confronted the Natala villagers.

A clash ensued between Natala villagers and Rohingya villagers in which a Natala villager was killed and some were injured including Rohingya villagers. However, the rest of the robbers fled.

Natala villagers are model villagers brought by SPDC authorities from Burma proper and settled in northern Arakan by confiscating farms from Rohingyas. All the Natala villagers sport long hair and look like goons. They are known to disturb members of the Rohingya community. They are not afraid of the Rohingya community as the authorities stand by them whenever they face any problem with Rohingyas. This is the strategy adopted y the SPDC (State Peace and Development Council) authorities.

On April 15, early in the morning, two sections of the Nasaka of battalion No.564 went to the village and beat up villagers they found. The villagers fled from their homes to avoid harassment by the Nasaka personnel.

The Nasaka destroyed all the houses except a few good ones, which would be useful to them. All the villagers have been ordered to move to nearby village Maung Gyi Taung (Tha Oo Pyin). There were about 100 houses in Mogh Bill village.

A village elder said, “We lost every thing, our farms, houses, lakes, fruit bearing trees and lawns, farming”.