Friday, 10 April 2020

Maungdaw, Burma: The Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) demanded for compensation from 19 fishermen because one of their fellow fishermen drowned after they were caught in a storm while fishing in the Bay of Bengal.


On May 1, at about 6 a.m. a fishing boat carrying 20-fishermen went out to sea to fish. They cast their fishing net. Around 9:30 am, a storm broke along with heavy rain and gusty winds. The fishing boat capsized, said a surviving fisherman.


While 19 fishermen swam ashore, one drowned.


The dead fisherman was identified as Rahim Ullah (35), son of Hossain, belonging to Inn Din village, Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, Burma. He has four children.


The following day, the 19 fishermen went to the Inn Din Nasaka camp and informed the force that a fisherman had drowned in a storm after their fishing boat capsized.


The Nasaka refused to accept this contention. They alleged that since 19 of them had survived they must have killed the lone fisherman who the others claimed had drowned.


Accusing the 19 fishermen of murder a Nasaka officer demanded Kyat 400,000 from the fishermen as compensation for the dead fisherman's family, promising not to file a murder case against the rest, villagers said.