New settlers create conflict in Maungdaw south

Maungdaw, Arakan State: New settlers (Mros) are trying to create conflict with Rohingya villagers in Maungdaw south recently who were brought from Rathedaung to Maundaw south since March 15, Mohin from Maungdaw said.
The authority had given temporally shelter to new settlers nearby pagoda of Udaung village under the Myint Hlut village tract of Maungdaw Township, he further said.

On March 30, three families from twelve families – who came from Rathedaung – went to nearby forest and tried to build houses on the Rohingya lands but the owner of the land named Shobbir (30), son of Siddik of Udaung village barred them not to build houses, Kobir Meah, an elder from the village said.

The new settlers said the monks of Udaung told them to build houseson this land while the Rohingya villager- Shobbir asked. The land owner- Shobbir- told the settlers to bring permission from New government to build houses on the Rohingya land, according to Kobir.

However, the new settlers tried to beat the land owner, but some Rohingya villagers rescued him from the spot, said Hakim, another villager.

Regarding the matter, the Rohingya villagers are fear that the new settlers will be created conflict between Rakhines and Rohingyas like as in 2012, Hakim added.

“We don’t want to conflict again between Rakhines and Rohingyas. So, we urge the new government to solve the problem and to stop the new settlement policy again in northern Arakan state,” said Amin, a school teacher from areas.

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