MYARF Report | Written by M.S. Anwar
October 30, 2013
Maung Daw, Arakan: At around 12:15AM on 30th October 2013, some unknown people torched the market of Bawli Bazaar (Kyein Chaung), northern Maung Daw. More than four hundred shops belonged to Muslim Rohingyas were set ablaze.
A local of Kyein Chaung reported the whole account of the blaze of the shops as follow.
“At around 12:15AM, the fire started from the roof of an electronic accessories shop at the north-eastern corner of the bawli bazaar market located nearby Kyein-Chaung monastery and Rakhine neighborhoods.
More than four hundred shops belonged to Muslim Rohingyas were set ablaze, whereas more than eighty shops turned into ashes. Rohingya shop-owners (at the market) lost more than Kyat 1,500 millions worth of goods and other stuffs as the consequence of the blaze.”
“The fire started from the roof, not from within the electronic shop. Some Rakhines had earlier been spotted nearby the shop. Therefore, though the people do not know who actually set the shops into fire, people are of the opinion that it was a pre-planned attack conspired by Rakhine residents and Rakhine police with a view to destablizing the calm situation in the village. The attack was also aimed to economically cripple Rohingya villagers because the villagers of Bawli Baazar are quite financially stable.
The said Bawli Bazaar (Kyein Chaung) market is an economic centre and centre of transportation in northern Maung Daw. 98% percent of the shops at the market belonged to Muslim Rohingyas, while only two perecent belonged to Hindus and Rakhines.”
Attached below are some video footages and pictures of the burnt Kyein Chaung market.