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    Police’s arbitrary arrests going on at Maungdaw

    Maungdaw, Arakan State: Maungdaw police personnel arrested  Rohingyas  from the Maungdaw market and while on the way to market, said a local elder from Maungdaw.

    Police arrested Noor Mohamed (aka) Maung Kyaw ( 50), son of Master Jamal, hailed from Ward No. 1 of Maungdaw Town, Fayros Khan, hailed from Ward No. 4, Delu, hailed from Myoma Kayan Dan ( Shikdar Para ), Mohamed son of Iliyas and Mohamed Ayas son of Nurul Salam, both are from Ward No. 5 under Maungdaw Town.
    U Aung Kyaw Than and U Hla Sein, the police officers led the operation to arrest the Rohingyas from the town. They are also threatening to the Rohingys not to talk to anybody who come from outside after paying demand money to police officer. If anyone talks about the payment, he/ she will be jailed for 30 years, said a businessman from Maungdaw Town.
    “The police officer U Aung Kyaw Than also said that they have to arrest around 128 people from the Ward No.5, who were already judgments for sentenced  without person. It was already decided.  Any way we will arrest them, “said  a villager who denied to be named.
    “This is the first time, we heard that without trail and persons , the court passed judgment to a person. It is only for Rohingya community in Maungdaw only.”
    A village elder from the Ward No. 5 said that 128 people had already been arrested by security forces and sent them to jail.
    The police officer demanded Kyat 30,000 per each for their release, but they were not able to pay the money. So they are detained in the police station, so far.
    Yesterday, the police officers also arrested U Ba Maung (aka), Potia, hailed from Myoma Kaya Dan village of Maungdaw Town while he was going to Maungdaw market, said a close relative of the victim.
    In this way, police arrested people arbitrarily from the town, how the town dwellers will survive in the future, said an elderly man from the town.
    Source KPN