Wednesday, 03 June 2020

Akyab, Arakan State: Three people were arrested by Burma's intelligence agency in Akyab (Sittwe) on October 19, on the allegation that they were passing information out of the country relating to the recent anti-junta demonstrations, said a relative of one.

The arrested were identified as Md. Yunus (42), son of Rashid Ahamed, belonging to Zaliapara of Sittwe, Nurul Islam (35), son of Md. Rofique, hailing from Shikdarpara of Akyab and Md. Eliyas (32), son of Md. Essaque, hailing from Zaliapara of Akyab, he added.

They were severely tortured and handed over to the military camp in Akyab for more interrogation, a trader from Akyab said on condition of anonymity.  

They were believed to have been transferred to Rangoon and could be detained in the notorious Insein jail.

During the anti-junta demonstrations last month by monks and people in Arakan State, some people were killed and arrested by the authorities.