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    Village uproots for authority forced to registered as Bengali in registration program

    Maungdaw, Arakan State: Kyikanpyin (Kawabil) village had
    become uprooted after authority enforced the Rohingya villagers to registered
    as Bengali in the place of Rohingya –under race column – in government
    registration program – digital Photograph and signature – since June 3, 
    according to a local elder who denied to be
    “More than 200 security forces – Burma border security force
    (Nasaka), Army, police and Hluntin – surrounded the village to stop fleeing the
    villagers from the village, to force the villagers to join the government
    registration program. But, most of the villagers –mostly male villagers- flee
    from their village leaving their all properties.”
    The village had become a war field area as the security
    forces destroyed all the properties of Rohingya and took the valuables things
    from Rohingya home. The forces destroy mostly the kitten wares and grain stock,
    said a school teacher from Maungdaw.
    “The forces stationed in the village like their outpost
    station in the war and the villagers are not able to return to their village.
    The villagers lived in the jungle, paddy fields and nearby villages. Some
    family members were divided from family groups. Some stayed in the village
    –mostly old men, females and children- are like hostage under forces.”
    At this situation, the Nasaka personnel forcibly took female
    villagers and old people from the homes and forced to get into trucks and
    carried to the Nasaka headquarters of Kawar Bill where the Nasaka compelled
    them to say “Bengali” in place of “Rohingya” in survey form and took
    photographs and computerized. After completing the work, villagers were sent to
    their village, said a local businessman on condition of anonymity.
    The government and State authorities are trying to stamp the
    Rohingya as Bengali to use in coming all Burma population census to show  the international observer that the areas
    were not secure, so the authority took advance census where the people said
    themselves as Bengali, said a politician from Maungdaw.
    “This is first times in Maungdaw , authority forced and
    surround the village  like war time to
    join their registration program. It is totally violation of Human Rights to
    some things by forced without willing of someone.”
    The Nasaka personnel apparently detained the Rohingya
    villagers in connection to a protest over a government registration program
    that required them to state their identities as “Bengali”.

    Source KPN