Maungdaw, Arakan State: Police personnel who are station on Maungdaw-Buthidaung road, physically harassing Rohingya females who were going on this road, said Hakim (not real name), a businessman who ply on this road for his business.
The police security box on the top of the big tunnel, led by assistant police officer U Kyw Hla and it group stop the vehicles and checked the passengers especially Rohingya only for forum 4, travel pass and ID. If any Rohingya female traveled on that vehicle, is called to their police box on the top of the hill where the security force insulted and physically harassed the female. The police personnel took money from travelers- Rohingya community, Hakim said.
The police box is only for tunnel security not to check the passangers, but now the police are checking the vehicles and took money from the Rohingya only, said Kalam, a passenger who travel from Buthidaung.
The concerned authority who issued the travel document – forum 4- from Buthidaung, kept the ID of person and took 2000 kyats and when to handed over the forum 4 to take his/her ID need to pay again 2000kyat, Kalam said.
“It is not good situation for females who travel on Maungdaw-Buthidaung road, as there is no female police officer to check the female. Now, male police officer search body of female and insulted and physically harassed”, said a female traveler from Maungdaw who didn’t give detail picture and her named.
There is check post for Immigration at 4 miles gate where the officer checked the vehicles and passengers, but police box on the top of big tunnel has no power to check travelers and females in their police box, said Isque, a school teacher from Maungdaw.