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Dec-10-2012 21:56printcomments

Burma: Border Security Forces Fire Live Rounds into Village, Then Arrest 5

An officer from Pahalapa camp is using the name and power of Director, abuses his power to extort money from villagers after charging them with fake allegations.

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(MAUNGDAW, Arakan State) - Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) fired live rounds into Bagona village on the 5th Dec. at about 9 pm. No one was hurt but security officers arrested 5 people on allegations of participating in sectarian violence that broke out in Arakan State in June and October.

"Nasaka personnel open fired on villagers after they saw them return to the village," said Anwer, a relative of one the residents.

All the people arrested were released after a crowd from other villages gathered to help the distraught civilians. The security forces also tried to torch the fish market. But the fire was quickly extinguished by locals, according to an elder.

Nasaka security forces from Pahlapa camp near Maung Ni in Arakan State have been extorting money from Rohingya villagers, according one student who didn’t want his name used.

“Aung Myint Soe, who is an officer from Pahalapa camp and using the name and power of Director, abuses his power to extort money from villagers after charging them with fake allegations.”

The Nasaka director allegedly summoned 3 Rohingya villagers and accused them of using illegal mobiles with Bangladeshi SIM cards. He demanded they pay a bribe. But security officers not only use Bangladeshi phone numbers, they also rent them to some Rohingya, according to one Business man who didn’t want his name used.


Mr. Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani
President
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia(MERHROM)
www.merhrom.wordpress.com

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