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No safe for Rohingya females on Maungdaw-Buthidaung road

Maungdaw, Arakan
: Police personnel who are station on Maungdaw-Buthidaung road, physically
harassing Rohingya females who were going on this road, said Hakim (not real
name), a businessman who ply on this road for his business.

The police security
box on the top of the big tunnel, led by assistant police officer U Kyw Hla and
it group stop the vehicles and checked the passengers especially Rohingya only
for forum 4, travel pass and ID. If any Rohingya female traveled on that vehicle,
is called to their police box on the top of the hill where the security force
insulted and physically harassed the female. The police personnel took money
from travelers- Rohingya community, Hakim said.

The police box is
only for tunnel security not to check the passangers, but now the police are
checking the vehicles and took money from the Rohingya only, said Kalam, a
passenger who travel from Buthidaung.

The concerned
authority who issued the travel document – forum 4- from Buthidaung, kept the
ID of person and took 2000 kyats and when to handed over  the forum 4 to take his/her ID need to pay
again 2000kyat, Kalam said.

“It is not good
situation for females who travel on Maungdaw-Buthidaung road, as there is no
female police officer to check the female. Now, male police officer search body
of female and insulted and physically harassed”, said a female traveler from
Maungdaw who didn’t give detail picture and her named.
There is check post
for Immigration at 4 miles gate where the officer checked the vehicles and
passengers, but police box on the top of big tunnel has no power to check
travelers and females in their police box, said Isque, a school teacher from

Source KPN