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Firewood collectors tortured in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan state: More than 35 Rohingya fire-wood collectors were severely tortured by a group of Rakhine extremists on April 22, in the evening, at Maungdaw Township, Hashim said from Maungdaw.“They were severely beaten up by Rakhines extremists while they were returning to homes after collecting firewood from the forest.”

Some victims have been identified as—- Sayed Hussain (20), Rashid Ullah (25), Sayed Kasim (30), Sultan (40), Habib Ullah (30), Md. Siddik (25), Sodu (30),  Monjur Aman (28),  Abdu Rakim (22), Noor Alam (25),  Abdul Amin (40), Nurul Amin (45), Abdu, Monaf (15), they all hailed from Khonza Bill village under Aley Than Kyaw  village tract of Maungdaw south.

According to sources, many Rohingya fire-wood collectors from different villages— Khonza Bill village, Sommona village and Udaung village went to nearby forest to collect fire-wood on that day early morning. Of them, some Rohingya fire-wood collectors were caught by a group of Rakhine extremists on their way homes.

One of the fire-wood collectors said on condition of anonymity, “Suddenly, a group of Rakhine extremists come out from a forest with long swords and catch us. After that, they started beating up without asking any question from us. They also called us

“However, they released us after seizing our knives and fire-wood. Some people got serious wounds; so, they are getting treatment at homes from unrecognized physician of the village, said another fire-wood cutter.

Similarly, high officers from border guard police of Head office destroyed firewood with push-cart and threw all into Gawdusara stream while they returned to their station from Alay Than Kyaw through special road near the mountainside during the water festival, said an elder from Gawdusara village.

If the high level officers are harassing Rohingya- destroying the firewood which is nothings for them- which show the lower officers to do more harassment to Rohingya, the elder said.

The local Rakhine villagers and concerned authorities with the cooperation of state government and Central government are still going on Rohingya ethnic cleansing with systematic and planned way, said a Rohingya leader from inside Arakan on condition of anonymity.