Maungdaw, Arakan state: Police in Bawli Bazaar camp in Maungdaw Township arrested villagers on false charges and extorted money without batting an eye lid and lack of fear of higher authorities.

On March 26, the police arrested Idris (21), hailing from Krat Chaung village Loun Don village tract alleging that he went to Bangladesh, a close relative of the victim said.

Two police, at about 8:30 a.m. went to his house arrested and brought him to their camp. He has a shop at the station of Krat Chaung village. He is still in police custody although he denied going to Bangladesh. He was tortured severely in the police camp.

Similarly, on March 23, at about 11 a.m. Abdu Salam (25) of Zaydi Pyin village, Loun Don village Tract of Maungdaw Township was arrested by the police from a temporary Loun Don camp providing security to Natala villagers. He was arrested because he fell in love with a local girl, a friend of the victim said on condition of anonymity.  

Later, he was brought to the police camp and detained there for two days until arranged money. He was released on March 25 evening after paying kyat 40,000.