Maungdaw, Arakan State: Seven Rohingya youths from Bawli Bazar village of Maungdaw Township were arrested by police in Maungdaw north on March 9, at about 10:00 pm, over the allegation that they quarreled with a local youth in the village whose parents joined in the census collecting by giving “Bengali” in palace of “Rohingya”, said Nago (not real name) from the village.
“On March 8, at around 9:00 pm, a group of village sentry men gave objection to a village youth named Rashid for not giving village sentry duty. He is the son of Fayazul Haque (alias) Bahadur (48). Bahadur works in Lone Done village school of Maungdaw north as a general worker.”
Regarding the quarrel, Rashid informed to his father while his father was at Maundaw Town. By receiving the information, his father Bahadur informed to the concerned authorities in Maungdaw Town that his son was attacked by the local sentry men for joining census collection and giving “Bengali” in the Form in place of “Rohingya,” he more added.
As a result, the police officer of the Maundaw Town ordered to the police of Bawli Bazar police station to arrest the seven youths who involved in the quarrel of Bahadur’s son, said an aide of police from Maungdaw town.
Being informed, on March 8, a group of police from Bawli Bazar police station went to the Bawli Bazar village and arrested 7-Rohingya youths including two brothers—Boshor and Islam, son of Hassan Meah, the police aide more said.
However, On March 10, at about 7:00 am, they were sent to Maungdaw police station. After that the fortune of the arrestees is not known to their relatives, said a relative from the village.
The Rohingya people believe that the Rakhine extremists with the cooperation of local security forces, they will create problems between Rakhine and Rohingya community because of destroying the census collection, according to a local youth.
Since on March 30, census takers went to Rohingya villages in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships with security forces and leaving the villages without collecting any information after Rohingya villagers refused to register as “Bengali.” However, the census collecting date was ended on April 10 without any success. But, the Burmese Government is extending the census period till the end of this month because of international pressure, he more added.
A Rohingya prominent leader said, “During the extension period, the local Rakhines with the collaboration of local authorities, the state government and the central Government could do many things against the Rohingyas to compel them to write “Bengali” in place of “Rohingya.”