April 21, 2017

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Maungdaw- The prison inmate who died in Kyaukphu was arrested for marrying without permission.

Sirajul Haque, 33, died in Kyaukphu after spending a long time in the notorious Buthidaung prison.

Buthidaung prison is the most notorious torture centres of Arakan. It is alleged that Sirajul faced intense torture in Buthidaung prison before he was transferred south to Kyaukphu prison.

Sirajul, an inhabitant of Bassara in Maungdaw South  had to flee to Bangladesh after marrying without the permission of village authorities in 2012. Under the laws of the state, Rohingya Muslims must have permission for marriage. 

Later he thought it was safe to go back, but was arrested in August 2014 after local collaborators pointed him out to the security forces. He was taken to Buthidaung prison where he was mercilessly tortured, allege local sources in Maungdaw.

Two months back, he wrote a letter to his mother requesting 100,000 kyats but his family could not manage the sum. As a result, Sirajul was further beaten up and did not get treatment in any hospital due to his inability to manage the sum.

He died on Wednesday after suffering from prolonged torture and diseases.

Inmates in Buthidaung prison, including those arrested during the recent drive have had their hands cut off from the wrist.

Many have also said that each morning, they were ‘beaten like snakes’ with rods. Often the ordeal went on for hours.

Others have said that as soon as they were taken to the prison, their body parts were broken, one by one, starting with the fingers.

During the riots of 2012, guards unloaded two to three dead bodies every night, all of them having died from torture.

There was heavy secrecy and security surrounding the funeral of Sirajul.  

 

April 21, 2017

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Maungdaw- Three men were grievously assaulted by BGP forces in Ga Ra Ta Bil, Maungdaw North.

Mololy, Abdur Rahman and Mohammed were talking besides the local mosque when the Hlun Htein personal suddenly turned up and started beating them up without showing any reason.

They also took cash worth 35,000 kyats from Moloy.

The victims have received serious injuries but are currently out of danger.

A tense situation is prevailing in the area. 

April 20, 2017

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Maungdaw- Tatmadaw forces raided the restive village tract of Lound Don in Maungdaw North on Monday and tortured two local men.

At around 2.30 pm, the forces entered the neighbourhood of Hanti Para. As the military approached, the locals sensing trouble scattered and ran away to the mountains.

However, two men could manage to flee in time and were intercepted by the military. They are Yunus, 30, and Zamir Hossain, 55.

The military stabbed Yunus in the back with sharp weapons. They also punched and kicked him mercilessly.

Zamir was also brutally beaten up and his beard was burned by the military.

Lound Don was one of the village tracts targeted by the Tatmadaw in the recent clearance operation, with dozens killed and many women raped.

Many have disappeared in the violence. Much of the populace has currently taken refuge in Bangladesh. 

April 20, 2017

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Maungdaw- Two corpses were recovered from Nari Bil in Northern Maungdaw on Monday.

Locals discovered the corpses in the mountain side adjacent to the Sangribil neighbourhood.

The dead bodies have been identified as belonging to Abdul Hamid, 52, and Sayed Hossain, 31. Hamid was the father-in-law of Hossain. They were killed by the Hlun Htein sometime during a two day operation on October 11 and October 12 last year. Locals are assuming the security forces buried them in unmarked graves to hide the actual death toll.

The recovered corpses have now been buried following proper Islamic rituals.  Earlier last week, two other corpses were also dug out from the ground in Nari Bil. 

April 18, 2017

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Maungdaw- Tatmadaw once again entered the restive village tract of Bali Bazar in Maungdaw North on Sunday and charged at the Rohingyas causing terror in the area. 

Bali Bazar was also one of the villages targeted during the clearance operation and naturally the sight of Tatmadaw personal send panic waves across the entire neighbourhood casuing everyone to flee. Also the military men, numbering almost a hundred advanced aggressively and rapidly sending the impression they were ‘going in for the kill’.

However the army then announced over loudspeaker that those who have fled in response to the army advance were affiliated with the terrorists, as innocent people would have reacted differently as they had nothing to fear from the army. So everyone who had fled in sight of the Tatmadaw would be caught and dealt with accordingly.

This has caused consternation among locals as everyone but the collaborators had fled the advancing army.

Our correspondent says that during the clearance operation, the army did not distinguish between men, women and children in Bali Bazar and shot indiscriminately at everyone. Video clips showing terrified women and children fleeing Bali Bazar as army forces advanced went viral on the social media in October 2016.

Tatamadaw officers also held a long meeting with the collaborators. The subject of the meeting is not known to our correspondent.

They also announced over loudspeaker that every inhabitant’s name will be checked in the family list.

April 16, 2017

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Maungdaw- A massive fire broke out in Zamoinna bazar at around 2pm on Sunday causing extensive damage to the marketplace.

As locals rushed to the scene to put out the fire, Tatmadaw personal on duty threatened the Rohingyas and ordered them to stay away.

The attitude of the military personal has created suspicions the marketplace was set on fire intentionally by miscreants backed by the security forces.

Zammoinna was one of the village tracts in Maungdaw North that was at the receiving end of atrocities committed by the military last year.  

April 15, 2017

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Seven huts belonging to Rohingya Muslims were torched by miscreants in the Bhagwati Nagar area of Jammu on Friday, according to reports in the Kashmiri media.

The attack took place at around 3am. Victims say the arson attack took place very swiftly and the attackers fled before anybody could get whiff of the incident.

The incident took place days after Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu called for stern action to identify and kill Rohingya refugees. Following his call, a refugee was severely assaulted in Patta Bohri, leading to widespread panic among the community in the Jammu area.

Calls to attack the Rohingyas has drawn widespread condemnation, especially from the Kashmiri community which has vowed solidarity with the refugees.  

However, many Rohingyas have moved out of the Bhagwati Nagar area in recent days following threats from influential goons affiliated with nationalist outfits.

Local sources say the police is not investigating attacks against Rohingyas. 

April 17, 2017

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Buthidaung- Tatmadaw personal assaulted worshippers in a mosque on Sunday.

The Rohingyas were performing their evening prayers when around 25 to 30 soldiers surrounded the mosque in Hansa Para neighbourhood of Kyan Taung.

They ordered the worshippers to come out of the mosque one by one. Each one was severely beaten up as they came out in a single file.

Some of them have suffered severe injuries. As they were being slapped, the military shouted out abuses against the Islamic religion. 

 

April 16, 2017

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Maungdaw- Military raided Hant Gojja Para in Maungdaw North and arrested at least four Rohingya youth on Friday.

The forces suddenly raided Hant Gojja Para and started arbitrarily beating up local villagers on the outskirts. As they started beating the locals with batons, the Rohingyas scattered and ran away. At least four however failed to escape and were apprehended. There is no knowledge on their whereabouts.

Motor bikes used to ferry passengers to the village were also seized.

There are severe food shortages in the area as locals cannot go the nearby woods and waterways as they are occupied by security forces. 

 April 12, 2017

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Maungdaw- A madrasa teacher was arrested on trumped up terrorism charges from Raimmakhali in Maungdaw North.

On Monday, a Hlun Htein team went to the house of Md Shafiullah, 32, and made the arrest.

Shafiullah has been taken to the custody where he is facing brutal torture, according to local sources.

Torture of Muslim prisoners continue to be a norm with hundreds dead and many more maimed in recent years.

Even before the clearance operation of 2016, village authorities and security forces were working on a list of educated people engaged in social work for their community. It is feared by the authorities that such people might provide valuable leadership for the Rohingya community in the event of a revolution.  

In recent days, a number of educated people are on the run throughout Maungdaw and Buthidaung as security forces are looking to arrest many of them. 

April 16, 2017

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Maungdaw- A huge detachment of Tatmadaw and Hlun Htein forces entered the restive village tract of Lound Don in Maungdaw North on Sunday.

The forces charged batons indiscriminately at the villagers causing the Rohingyas to scatter in different directions.

Many have been arrested.

Details are unclear as the entire area is on the run.

Lound Don was one of the village tracts on the receiving end of the clearance operation last year and there is widespread panic that the situation might go out of control any moment.

April 15, 2017

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Buthidaung- A huge Tatmadaw presence in the hills of northern Buthidaung since the early hours of Friday is spreading terror among Rohingyas of adjacent villages.

Our correspondents from several village tracts have reported that hundreds of military personal are combing the hills in the area.

Many villagers are fearing the Tatmadaw will launch clearance operations in the northern Buthidaung area similar to what took place in northern Maungdaw.

The villages include Shab Bazaar, Daw in Sarah, Ayar Cha, Soou Farang, and others. 

April 10, 2017

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Maungdaw- A Hlun Htein team entered Ludaing in Maungdaw North on Sunday and fired blank shots, spreading panic in the area.

Ludaing was one of the villages at the forefront of the crackdown and as a result villagers fled the area as the gun was fired, fearful that security forces are launching another clearance operation.

However a young man was intercepted and carried away by the Hlun Htein on allegation of possessing a Bangladeshi mobile phone.

Almost a dozen men were earlier arrested and brutally tortured last week. There are reports that two might have died under dreadful torture.

Torture of Muslim prisoners continue to be a common practice, with hundreds reported to have died a slow painful deathful in recent years in custody.   

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