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Unspeakable extortion and harassment by village administrator and armies in Buthidaung Township

Burma Times
– A religious teacher from Kin Daung Village said on the condition of anonymity
that the military personals from battalion 551 under the Dabru Chaung brigade,
village administrator and their abettors are extorting, threatening and
harassing to the villagers in different area inside and out side the kin 
village tract under Buthidaung Township.

The administrator of kin Daung village
who lives in Dum Pine Buddhist village is collecting money 2000 or 3000 or
5000kyats from the villagers according to their status today on 30 NOV 2013. In
this case his some puppets are helping to him in collecting the cash.

The administrator shows different reasons to the villagers when collecting cash
from them such as district peace & development council (Ka Ya Ka ) and City
peace and development council ( Ma Ya Ka) ordered to him to provide some cash
or something etc. in deed they are selling the higher authorities name to for
the extortion. If anybody try to refuse to pay the amount as they are very
impoverished the administrator threaten of mentioning about torturing of the
authority. So the villagers feel fear as soon as they heard the two names and
they cannot go to Ka Ya Ka or Ma Ya Ka to know about the truth as they are
Rohingya Muslim and illiterate. Through this way the administrator and his main
abettor Saddek son of Kamal aged 45years from lay Mryo village under Kin Daung
village tract are taking advantages of villagers being illiterate and Rohingya
and looting hundred thousands of kin Daung villagers’ money.

The teacher
also said, they administrator and his main abettor are taking big amount like
minimum 20,000kyats to 60,0000kyats from the villagers for their new born baby
registration process which Na Sa Ka taught them before. If the villagers are
unable to provide the amount as they are very poor ,at that time the stooges of
administrator and military personals pay them some money on interests which
they later take back from the villagers through harassment and torturing . In
fact the village administrator and military personal are using Rohingya to make
their earning sources. Besides they are also taking extortion from those daily
workers who used to go to Bangladesh for earning.

strongly, the administrator set some stooges of him in the said village to get
the regular information of some villagers and some other labors of the village
arrival from Bangladesh so that he could threaten to them and extort cash. In
addition the armies who are on duty at Saing Daung water fall are also extorting
20,000kyats per thousand bamboo poles. The stooges of the authority also
showing their help of drama to the poor villagers,i.e they are helping to the
villagers by provide the cash of interest promptly when the villagers couldn’t
see anything to get back their bamboos from the armies. But the poor villagers
couldn’t understand what may happen with them later due to taking the interest
money. if any villagers failed to pay up the amount including interests in due
time which they borrowed from the stooges then the stooges started harassing to
the villagers such as beating, forcefully taking money from them by the help of
the authority and call them to the battalion to torture .

And they
forced the villagers to sell out their houses to pay up the amount. But still
they cannot pay up full amount as the amount increased with interest.
Ultimately  they become bankrupt that obliged them to leave the
country empty handed . There are hundreds of different villagers who had to
leave the country for being insolvent. Here I am mentioning some poor
villagers’ name who had left the country within present and last year. They are

1.       Sayed
Kasim       son of   Hadura                south
of kin daung village

2.       Samiullah             son
of   Adumunaf           so
as above

3.       Ahmedullah        son
of  Shobbir                  so
as above

4.       Md Hossain        son
 Shunameah            so
as above

5.       Zayed Hossain   son
 Adunabi                   so
as above

6.       Kala
meah           son of
 Bodiya            mid block of kin
daung village

7.       Adurahman        son
of  MD Hossain             so
as above

8.       Md
hossain         son of
Alizuhar      south of kn daung village, etc

The teacher
also sadly said that the government authorities are surprising decreasing the
Rohingya population from Aarkan state (now Rakhine state) by using systematic
and unnoticeable way.

MYINT is a special reporter for Burma Times from Maungdaw