Maungdaw, Arakan State: Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) is using new tactics to extort money from Rohingya villagers in Arakan State, said a local villager (Abdu, not real name). “A group of Nasaka personnel from Shilkhali Nasaka-out-post of Maungdaw south went to Khonza Bill (village) and arrested three villagers over the allegation that they crossed the Burma- Bangladesh border on April 5.”
The arrested were identified as— Habib Ullah (40), son of Mohameddu, Tazumuluk (55), son of Mohamed Amin and Jaker (50), son of Abu Shama. They all belong to Khonza Bill village under Aley Than Kyaw village tract of Maungdaw south.
The Nasaka personnel forcibly entered their houses at night after breaking the doors and arrested. After arrest, they were severely beaten up on the spot. It is the normal action by the Nasaka to show their relatives to get money quickly, said a relative of an arrestee.
However, they were brought to the Shilkhali Nasaka out- post under the Nasaka area No. 7 and detained there.
However, Nasaka personnel released them after taking money, the next day.
The Nasaka, army and police are always using different tactics for harassing and extorting money from innocent Rohingya villagers, a village elder from Aley Than Kyaw said.
The money is being taken by the Nasaka while thousands of Rohingyas are facing restriction of movement and are being confined at their villages and they have no works and money to support their family members, the village elder more added.