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A failed-attempt to save Rohingya Family

Mohammed Zubair and his family at BGP commanding office in Kyikanpyin, northern Maungdaw. Pic MOI Webportal Myanmar

By The Stateless Rohingya

MAUNGDAW: A Rohingya man was arrested on Wednesday, October 26 when he went to see his arrested family who tried to attempt crossing the border in order to save their lives from the ongoing military operation in northern Maungdaw Township.

The victim is identified as Mohammed Zubair, aged 47, son of late Abul Hussain from Raimmabil (Yedwinchaung) village. When the offensive operation of Myanmar Army and Border Guard Police (BGP) reached the village, he tried a daring attempt to save the family – his wife and three children by crossing Naf River at 11:00 pm. While trying to enter the river through a small brook in the village, Myanmar Navy fired at the boat and subsequently the boatman jumped leaving the family alone.

The navy arrested Nur Kis (35), her daughter Rozina (13) and sons Mohammed Tufil (10) and Mohammed Hobib (7). They were handed over to BGP. Knowing the news of family arrest, Zubair was brought to meet his family to the police station where he too was arrested sending him and his wife to notorious torture cells in Kyikanpyin Border Guard Police Commanding Office.

The army and BGP summoned the chairman of Raimmabil village, Mr. Mohammed Foyas who is a brother of Zubair and handed over his niece and nephews. It was known that Mr. Foyas was tortured several times with false-allegations of involvement in the October-9 attack before being forced to bring his brother to the border police.

Although initially Zubair was brought for the investigation of crossing the river, he is now put behind the tormenting cells from where very few people leave alive. The three children lost their parents for trying to save their lives from the ongoing military atrocities.

Since the attacks on three police outposts on October 9, the army, the navy and the border guard police are in rampage extrajudicial killing of Rohingya civilians, committing gang rapes against hapless Rohingya women, destructions of Rohingya houses and villages, looting and blockage of humanitarian assistance which UN and many Human Rights organizations heavily condemned and urged Aung San Suu Kyi led NLD government to open the blockage and investigate the human rights abuses committing Myanmar Armed Forces.