Myinbya, Arakan state: A farmer was severely assaulted for apparently no rhyme or reason by the people's militia of Myinbya Township in Arakan State, Burma on November 28, said a source close to the police in Myinbya town.

The victim was identified as Than Hla Htun (29), son of U Hla Hpo, from "Kapi Kakei" village of Myinbya Township.

On November 28, at about 8 p.m. the farmer Than Hla Htun was going home from his farm when a patrol party led by Myo Naing the people's militia commander accosted him on the road without any reason and beat him up severely. Later, it was learnt that the commander nursed a grudge against him, according to a relative of the victim.

The victim was rushed to Myinbya general hospital for treatment.

On November 29, the father of the victim U Hla Hpo (58) went to the Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Chairman of Myinbya Township   and lodged a complaint.  But, the TPDC chairman paid no heed.

Myo Naing, the commander of the militia went to the victim's house in the evening of November 29 and scolded U Hla Hpo severely for complaining to the TPDC Chairman.

The people's militias were recruited and trained after the September demonstrations by monks. They have been armed with three to four rifles in each village by the authorities for cracking down on protesters in the future.

According to villagers, the people's militia has been persecuting the villagers in many ways, so the villagers hate them.