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Village admin officer and land survey officer extort money from villagers

KPN News
September 27, 2013 


Maungdaw, Arakan State: Nwahyon Taung village admin officer –Thein Maung and Ye Maung Thein- a Land survey officer of Maungdaw had been extorting money from villagers since last August with fake promise to register their land, said a member of village admin office. 

The village admin officer –Thein Maung –was recently appointed by authority policy to control Rohingya village with Rkhine community in administration section, the member said.


The village admin officer with land survey officer warned the villagers to change their name from old owner – father who died – or it will seize by authority as the owner wad died, said a villager who gave money to change the name from his late father to his name.

The village admin officer and land survey officer asked to pay kyats 20,000 per acre where they had received 660,000 kyats for 33 acres. But, still, the villagers didn’t received any document which was transfer from the name of his late father to his name,  the villager said.

In maungdaw, now theauthority are not issuing any document of lands to Rohingya, but the Rohingya had old paper which mention the name late love one. But, now there are not officially working on lands property for Rohingya in Maungdaw. It works since last four years, said a politician from Maungdaw.

The Rohingyas villagers are not educated and they don’t know the policy of government on lands. The Rakhine village admin officer and Rakhine land survey officer had given false promise to change lands ownership name from late one to other but asking huge money to change. At last, the villagers lost their money and hope of the ownership lands, said the politician.

The government is seizing the lands of Rohingya and didn’t do any transfer of ownership within official system in Maungdaw, the politician.