Maungdaw, Arakan State: Two police officers accompanied by 3 others were unconditionally released on November 27, after about fifteen months of detention at Hluntin Headquarters of Maungdaw Town. They were arrested because of involvement in Yaba tablets business, according to an elder named Musa (not real name) of Maungdaw. “The released detainees were—U Thaung Tin (Camp-in-Charge of Maungdaw police station), U Hla Thein (Second police officer),U Nyu Nyu( Police constable) along with another policeman and one Buddhist monk. They were arrested with 160,000 Yaba tablets in Maungdaw last year. The matter was well-known to the local public.”
However, the arrestees were dismissed by law suit unconditionally on November 27, though they were arrested with red-handed with Yaba tablets. But, the concerned authorities gave heavy punishment to the civilians who had been caught with Yaba. But the police officers and policemen were demoted from their original positions, said another businessman from the locality who denied to be named.
“Those who are the authority persons to destroy the smuggling of Yaba tablets, are also involved in the smuggling of Yaba is very shameful for the government.”
The police officers U Thaung Tin and U Hla Thein gave many difficulties and harassments to the Rohingya community during the conflict period of Rakhie and Rohingya in 2012, said a local trader.
After releasing from detention, within three days, the police officer U Hla Thein accompanied by a group of Hluntin, on November 29, at around 7:00 pm, arrested one villager named Atura (aka) Khalu (47), a bamboo seller of Ward No.5 of Maungdaw Town without giving any allegation. Later, he was brought to Hluntin camp where he was kept in detention center. The victim’s house was also totally burned down into ashes during the conflict of June 2012, said Husain (not real name) from Maungdaw north.
After his arrest, a few minutes later, security cars of Hluntin came to nearby Ward No.5 and beaten up arbitrarily to the market goers who met with Hluntin. There is a small market near the Wards Number 5. In Maungdaw Township, 144-emergency Act is still imposed from 10:00pm to 06:00 am, especially for Rohingya community except other non-Rohingya communities. Why the market goers were beaten up by the security forces, reason is still unknown, he more added.
“Villagers say that the security forces treat us like animals, otherwise, they do not activate like this,” said Malu (not real name) a local trader from Maungdaw Town.
A Rohingya youth who did not want to say his name said, “The notorious police officer U Hla Thein is not appointed in any position, but he along with Hluntin arrested Rohingya villagers without finding any fault against them is an incomprehensible event for me.”