Maungdaw, Arakan State:  A Rakhine woman was killed on November 23, at about midnight, while she was guarding saplings at the Maungdaw 3-mile gate, owned by Burma's border security force (Nasaka), according to official source.  

U Mryat Hla accompanied by her daughter Daw Aung Tha May (45), separated from her husband have been guarding the saplings of teak since last year. It was borrowed by Nasaka camp which is established at 3 mile Maungdaw gate. They belong to Way Thali Village of Maungdaw Township. 

On the fateful night, her father went to his village to attend a funeral ceremony. A group of unknown miscreants went to the nursery at about midnight and slit the throat of Daw Aung Tha May an official said.   

The authorities suspect the villagers of Nyaung Chaung (Khadir village) of Maungdaw Township. They killed her as they failed to steal the saplings. As a result, the authorities are interrogating every villager of Nyaung Chaung one after the other following the incident. The killers are yet to be nabbed.

When contacted Daw Khin Hla, the Chairman of Rakhine Tha Zien Development Association of Buthidaung, Arakan State, now in Bangladesh said, "Two Bengalis killed Daw Aung Tha May on November 24, at about 9 am, after raping her while she was going to collect vegetables in the forest with another girl. There were no eyewitnesses, but the girl saw two men following them. The girl left the woman before the incident. She was buried on November 25 in her village."  

There are many farms, gardens and seasonal vegetable fields where many people were working at that time. The place is only 10-minute walking distance from the Nasaka camp, local people said.