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Duchiradan West Hamlet Set Fire By Hlun Htain Police And Rakhine Extremists

RB News 
January 28, 2014

Maungdaw, Arakan - Most of the Rohingya villagers, about 4000 escaped from Duchiradan village tract in Maungdaw township of Arakan state as they were attacked by security forces and local Rakhine extremists. Then they took refuge in nearby villages Nurullah, Baggona, Du- Nyaung Pin Gyi, Pan Taw Pyin and Gawduthara villages. 

As they are facing problems with food and living there, some villagers from Duchiradan returned to their houses. On January 25, 2014 about 200 women and children returned to Duchirandan. On January 26th, 35 villagers, on January 27th, 110 villagers, on January 28th, 160 villagers returned. 

The returnees found nothing at their houses. Their personal belongings such as clothes, buffalos, cows, goats, chickens, rice, paddy and others were taken by security forces and Rakhine extremists. Even their houses’ doors and windows were taken. Some villagers who can afford the money have three-wheel cars, motor bikes and bicycles. Those were also taken by Rakhine extremists.

As the delegation from European Union and local journalists are going to visit affected areas, Duchiradan west hamlet was set fire by security forces in collaboration with Rakhine extremists today at 8:30 pm local time. 

The reason for setting the fire is to hide evidence from the crimes committed in the village. According to nearby local villagers, up to now three houses have been burnt into ashes and Hlun Htaine police are shooting continuously so no one can prevent any other houses from the blaze.

Update: 11:30 pm local time - There are about 200 houses in Duchiradan west hamlet. About 60 houses have been burnt into ashes. 

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