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Buthidaung, Maungdaw township, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 05 June 2015. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

December 21, 2015

A Rohingya man was shot and killed by Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) near to Maung Nama Village in Maungdaw North as he was travelling by car from Bawli Bazar to Buthidaung on 7 December.

According to a close relative the victim was identified as Maung Maung, also known as Mohamed Musa (23), son of Master Abul Kalam from Ward 4 of Buthidaung Town. Previously Master AbulKalam had been a member of Jemaah Anshorat Tauhid (JAT) a Muslim group designated as terrorists by the USA and the UN. He had also previously been a USDP Central Committee member for Buthidaung Township.

Mohamed Musa was a passenger in a car transporting goods to his shop. The car was stopped at a checkpoint at the Powet Chaung BGP camp where, according to the driver, Mohamed Musa and BGP officers had an argument over money.

The driver was Rakhine and he just drove away from the checkpoint without paying any money to the BGP officers. This enraged them and six BGP officers on three motorcycles chased the car and stopped it near Maung Nama Village. Mohamed Musa was then severely tortured and killed by a gunshot to the head at about 11.30pm, according to an eyewitness.

The eyewitness said the body was then sent to Maungdaw General Hospital for an autopsy at about midnight.

Mohamed Musa's father and other relatives got to the hospital at 4am, but hospital staff did not allow them to see the body.

According to a relative who did not want to be identified, following the post-mortem the body was handed over to the relatives at 10.00am on 8 December. They took the body back to Buthidaung Town and buried it at 2.00pm that day.

According to sources two cases have been filed at Maungdaw Police Station against the BGP officer who killed Mohamed Musa. One is for murder and the other is for firing the gun.

Courtesy of BNI

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