Myanmar Military Rob A Rohingya House In Buthidaung
|Kin Taung Jetty|
April 24, 2014
Buthidaung, Arakan – A Rohingya house in Kin Taung village, Buthidaung Township of Arakan State was robbed by two military men.
On April 22th at 11 am, Sergeant Min Zaw and Sergeant Min Naing Oo from Light Infantry Unit (551), based in Kin Taung village, Buthidaung Township robbed the house of Anwar Sadek S/o Molvi Kamal.
“No family members of Anwar Sadek were at the home when the sergeants entered the house. The sergeants are of light infantry unit (551) based in our village. They stole a solar panel, a battery and an antenna, which was used for GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication). These two sergeants are doing this frequently in surrounding villages,” a villager told RB News.
He said that they robbed the house intentionally to show that they are angry for not supporting the cellular telephone business of their commander.
“(The) Commander told the villagers that he would supply Bangladesh mobile phone lines and urged them to purchase them from him. Every month a village would have to pay Kyat 200,000 to 500,000, but the villagers in Kin Taung said they wouldn’t pay monthly extortion and that they wouldn’t take the line either. I think that’s the reason they show their anger by robbing a house now. They have been extorting the money from poor villagers for a long time. They even robbed gold from the villagers in the past. The villagers are afraid to report to media because they believe they will be persecuted more.”