Buthidaung, Arakan State: A group of Rakhine terrorists brutally hacked to death a Rohingya young graduate on March 11, at around mid-night, in Buthiddaung south, said a close relative of the victim on condition of anonymity.
“The victim was identified as Eliyas (aka) Maung Than Lwin (25), son of Ali, hailed from U Hla Pye village of Buthidaung Township. He secured degree with bio- chemistry from Sittwe (Akyab) University.”
The victim’s father, Ali is an officer of the Forest Department of Buthidaung Township recently. The victim’s grandfather late Mr. Wares was also an ex- forest officer.
On that day, Forest officer Ali accompanied by his two sons Eliyas and his younger brother and another one was Ali’s nephew (four persons) — were carrying out their duty at the Khandaung village sentry box of forestry and they (three persons) slept at the sentry box at night except Ali. He returned to his home at U Hla Pye village, another relative of the victim said preferring not to be named.
A number of 12-Rakhine racist along with long swords and knives from nearby Rakhine village went to the said sentry box at around mid-night attacked those sons of Ali. However, Ali’s younger son and nephew were escaped by running to the jungles but, Eliyas was caught up by the extremists and killed, a villager said quoting the Ali’s younger son who was escaped from the murder.
Villagers believe that before his death, his legs and hands were tied up with ropes then he was killed. His pieces of body were thrown into the river. But, the dead body is not found yet or still missing, said a local trader who denied to be named.
On being informed, in the morning, a group of Nasaka personnel and the army from nearby camps rushed to the spot and inquiry to the event. After that the security forces cordoned a Rakhine village nearby, after searching, they arrested eight-Rakhine persons. But four others were escaped from the scene, said a Nasaka aide preferring not to be named.
The arrested eight Rakhine terrorists are identified as— Aung San Thein (from Immigration Department of Buthidaung), San Tin (from land registry office), Hla Tun, Tin Soe and Aung Myint (from Forestry Department), Zarni Aung and Nay Linn (from Agricultural Department), San Thein (from General Town Administration Department), the Nasaka aide further added.
The gang leader is Aung San Thein who is from the Department of the Immigration of Buthidaung, a local youth said who denied to be named.
A local elder of U Hla Pye village said, “It is a systematic plan made by a Rakhine extremist group, its main objective is to create panic among the Rohingya villagers and to reduce government service men from the Rohingya community, so that they would occupy their services.”