Maungdaw, Arakan State: A Rakhine villager was caught by Rohingya villagers in Maungdaw Town on 9th March, at around 4:00 am while he was trying to set fire in Rohingya houses, said a businessman from the locality on condition of anonymity.
“The Rakhine man was caught along with a sword, two bottles of petrol and two matchboxes by villagers in Shikdar Para (Myoma Kayan Dan) village. He is from the neighboring Rakhine village.”
After catching him red handed, the villagers handed him over to the village Administrator. On being informed, police rushed to the spot and received the culprit, according to an aide of police.
But, police said that he is a mad man from Maruk-U Township, why did the villagers caught him? He is innocent.
According to villagers, he is from neighboring Rakhine village and is not a mad man. He is a courageous man who was dare enough to set fire on Rohingya village alone,at night.
“In Reality, Rakhine villagers do not dare to set fire Rohingya village, but,the concerned authorities are provoking and backing them to do this type of stuffs in order to make life of the Rohingya villagers unstable”, the villagers added.
Regarding the event, when contacted the Maungdaw police station, they refused to give any comment.
On March 7, at around 1:30 am, six houses were of Shikdar Para of Maungdaw Town were burnt down by unknown Rakhine villagers with the help of police of Maungdaw police station.
“It is proved that the six houses of Sikdar Para were burned down by a group of Rakhine extremists, three days ago,” said a village elder preferred not to be named.