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Myanmar Police Encroaching on the Land of Zahadiyah Mosque And Building House

Building house on the land of Zahadiyah mosque in Kyain Chaung

RB News 
April 11, 2014 

Maungdaw, Arakan – Land owned by Zahadiyah Mosque in the middle hamlet of Kyain Chaung village tract of Maungdaw Township in Arakan state has been encroached upon by the wife of a police officer, according to locals. 

In 2011 Than Than, the wife of police officer, Soe Chay, promised the custodians of a Maungdaw mosque that she would pay monthly rent for using the mosque’s land and building a shop there. Once the shop was built she ceased to pay rent and she is now building a house on the land of the mosque. The mosque is located in front of the police station in Kyain Chaung village tract and it is called Zahadiyah mosque. 

The mosque custodians went to submit a complaint letter to the village administrator, but the senior clerk, Tun Win, threw the letter onto the floor and scolded the custodians who went to complain. 

The mosque is about 50 feet away from the land where the wife of police officer is building the house, but the land is owned by the mosque. The toilet of the mosque is just behind the house she is building and she is now trying to destroy the toilet and build there as well. She promised the mosque custodians that she would pay rent but has failed to do so, and is now occupying the property of the mosque. 

“We complained against her to the police station. They didn’t take any action. Then we tried to submit letter to the village administrator but our letter was thrown onto the floor and the senior clerk was very rude towards us for complaining,” a villager told RB News.

Additional reporting by MYARF.

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