January 9, 2017
A man arrested from Shab Bazar in Buthidaung is accused of being a terrorist by the State Counsellor Office Information Committee.
Mahmudullah, also known as Muhammad Ullah, 27, was arrested after he protested the assault of his elderly father Md Amin, at the hands of the military. Amin along with other villagers were being assaulted by Tatmadaw officials after they were being called to a school in the early dawn hours of Tuesday. The officials alleged the villagers of Shab Bazar had information concerning terrorists. When Mahmudullah protested the brutal beatings of his father, he was also severely assaulted and taken away by the military in a critical condition.
The next day, locals were astounded to see a Facebook post by the State Counsellor Office Information Committee depicting Mahmudullah and three others as terrorists. The post can be viewed in this link - https://www.facebook.com/MyanmarSCOInfoCom/posts/665229846983458.
Mahmudullah is well liked young man in the village with a reputation of being a son of the soil despite his high education. He is one of the few people in the area with an university degree, graduating with a Physics degree from Sittwe (Akyab) university in 2012.
Many of those arrested in terror allegations are brutally tortured in custody, often leading to a slow death or getting maimed for life. It has frequently been described as a fate worse than death because of the merciless nature of the torture by security forces.
Incidentally, the State Counsellor post held by Aung San Suu Kyi is viewed as the de facto leadership of the present government.