Monday, 25 May 2020

Mrauk-U, Arakan State: The Burma Army arrested a man for buying Bangladeshi medicines from a shop and detained him for a week in the army camp in Mrauk U Township, Arakan State, Burma, said a relative of the victim.

The arrested Fazal Rashid (70) son of Noor Ahmed hails from "Putalong village"of Mrauk -U Township in Arakan.

Fazal Rashid was arrested by soldiers from Puktu army camp on August 14, on his way back home after buying some medicines he needed, from a shop in Puktu Bazaar with a doctor's prescription. He went to Puktu Bazar, at about 11:30 a.m. On the way to home, he met three soldiers and they checked him and found medicines. He has been suffering from malaria since the last 15 days.

After that he was brought to the army camp on the allegation that he was coming from Bangladesh. But, the victim repeatedly told them that he bought it from a shop according to a doctor's prescription. But, the soldiers did not listen as they wanted money from him.

He was brought to the army camp nearby and detained for a week. However, he was set free on August 21.

"Mrauk-U Township is far away from Bangladesh.  How does the victim go to Bangladesh when there is no freedom of movement for Rohingya people?  He left home at about 10:30 am and returned home with medicines after an hour. It is not his crime, that he bought Bangladeshi medicines as the shopkeepers sell it.

Bangladeshi medicines are sold by all shops. If the army wants to stop smuggling of medicines, they have to arrest the shopkeepers. Why is the army arresting the innocent people?" asked a village elder.