Maungdaw, Arakan State: Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) is earning money from local Rohingya villagers of Maungdaw Township by forcibly selling water- melons to the villagers with high price. It is a lucrative business for the Nasaka personnel, said a village trader who declined to be named. “Recently, the Nasaka personnel of Nasaka headquarters provided 150 water-melons to the villagers of Maung Nama village tract of Maungdaw Township through the village administration officer. It has three villages—- Maung Nama Gyi, Maung Nama Ngay and Maung Nama Aley. The Nasaka provided 50 water-melons per each village and asked to pay Kyat 1,000 per each. Its real price is Kyat 150 to 200 per each in the open market.”
However, the Nasaka personnel asked extra Kyat at least 800 per one. The poor villagers are not able to buy this water-melon provided by Nasaka with high price, said a local youth named Hassan (not real name).
The water-melon planting is grown by the Nasaka personnel of Nasaka headquarters in the seizing lands of Rohingya farmers by taking forced labor from nearby Rohingya villagers, the youth more added.
The Nasaka always tries to get money from Rohingya villagers and also thinking how to plan for implementation, said a local elder.