Thursday, 28 May 2020

Maungdaw, Burma: The junta authorities of Arakan State have  ordered the administration of northern Arakan on October 29 to check family lists, tighten security on the border and watch the movement of monks, said a local in Maungdaw.

The Tactical Operation Command (TOC) in Buthidaung has ordered the concerned authorities in Maungdaw, especially Burma’s Border Security Force (Nasaka) to check family lists in villages. The Nasaka has also been asked to check anyone leaving their village or entering with or without permission, he added.

TOC also told the administration to check villages twice or thrice a month. If anyone stays without permission or overstays with permission, he will be punished according to the law. The authorities ordered the Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) not to permit anyone to stay in the villages for more than three days, said a member of the VPDC

According to a villager, VPDC gives permission to villagers to go to another village for only three days. If anyone does not come back within the time frame, he will be fined by the authorities.

So, the Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) and Head Quarters (HQS) of Burma's border security forces (Nasaka) has ordered the administration to watch the movement of monks and to arrest monks if they see new faces in northern Arakan. The authorities have information that monks involved in the recent uprising are trying to cross the Burma-Bangladesh border and were coming from outside northern Arakan.

The authorities have ordered security to be tightened on the Burma-Bangladesh border, according an elder from Maungdaw.