Maungdaw, Arakan State: Police and Hluntin (riot police) extorted Kyat 350,000 from a schoolteacher on August 27, over the allegation that he had been holding a Bangladeshi mobile set, said a close relative of the victim who denied to be named for his security reason. “The victim was identified as Nurul Islam (30), son of Dawlul Rahaman, hailed from Wabeg village of Kawar Bill (Gyikan Pyin) village tract of Maungdaw north, Arakan State, Burma. He is also a teacher of Wabeg government primary school. He is appointed by local villagers as the government schoolteachers do not attend to the school regularly. But, the government appointed teachers get monthly salary, regularly.”
On that day, a group of police and Hluntin went to the said village from police Headquarters of Gyikan Pyin and arrested Nurul Islam on the accusation of holding Bangladesh mobile set. But, they did not find any mobile phone from him. They (police and Hluntin) tried to bring him to the police headquarters and asked him to pay money for release, said a local elder preferring not to be named.
Earlier, the authority concerned declared that Bangladeshi mobile sets are not allowed to be used in border area, if any one does not follow the order, he will be punished according to the law.
However, the victim fears of torture by police and Hluntin in the camp, so he paid Kyat 350,000 for his release, the elder added.
At present— army, police, Hluntin— exist in the camps instead of Nasaka (Burma’s border security force). Nasaka was recently dissolved by the order of President Thein Sein. Former Nasaka was formed by—army (with Nasaka dress), Hluntin, police, custom, immigration and Sarapa (Military Intelligence). Now, the army is with military uniforms. Therefore, people said that “Old wine with new bottles,” said a politician from Arakan state.
Consequently, the habits of the old Nasaka are still existed. So the villagers of northern Arakan, are facing the same discriminations from the existing administrators.
A businessman from Maungdaw preferring not to be named said, “At present, persecution against the Rohingya community is less than before, but still going on.”
When contacted to the police station of Maungdaw, no one received the phone so that Kaladan press could contact to an aide of police again, he paid confirmation of the event, but he did not know how much money that he had paid for his release.”