Maungdaw, Arakan State: Burma border security force (Nasaka) and a veterinary surgeon forcibly collected money from Rohingya community without giving any injection to the cattle in Maungdaw north on April 12, said one of the cattle owners on condition of anonymity.
“A veterinary surgeon –a Rakhine – with Nasaka personnel from area number 5 of Maungdaw north went to Powet Chaung village tract on April 12 at about 9:00am where they collected 500 kyats per cattle head for injection.”
Villagers did not willing to pay the money as their cattle were not injected. But, the Nasaka forcibly collected money from the villagers according to the cattle list. The Nasaka made cattle list last year and all the cattle were going to the grazing grounds when the team arrived at the village and the veterinary surgeon had not carried any injection, one of the village concerned authorities said.
“This village tract has over 22 villages, and if the veterinary surgeon collects Kyat 500 per head, he will get over Kyat 900,000 from this village tract.”
One of the Nasakas was with military uniform while the two others were with Nasaka uniforms. After collecting the money from Rohingya villagers excluding Rakhine community, they shared the money between Nasaka and veterinary surgeon, according to a Nasaka aide who declined to be named.
The villagers have to pay this money while they have been confined in their village since June 2012 and have no jobs and no works to support their family members, said a local trader.
It is necessary to give injection to the cattle when they are being gotten any kind of disease. Without any emergency matter, no need to give injections to the cattle, why the concerned authorities extorted money from the villagers. It is totally in illegal way, the trader continued.
Rohingya community becomes income source for the concerned authorities and the Buddhist Rakhine community. The concerned higher authorities let them free to discriminate the Rohingya people; otherwise, it is not possible to do so against the Rohingya people, according to a local elder who preferred not to be named.