Villager fined for reaping harvest at Maungdaw Township

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Army fined 40,000 kyat to a Rohingya for reaping harvest from owned paddy field in Maungnama village on December 11, said Morshed from the village.
The victim is identified as Sayed Alam (35), son of Abdu Soban, hailed from Maungnama village of Maungdaw north, Arakan State, he more added.

On December 11, in the morning, he went to his paddy field and was reaping his over ripen paddy harvest, which is grown in rainy season this year. Meanwhile, a group of army went to the spot and called him and arrested. After arrest, he was severely tortured accusing him why he was reaping harvest without any permission, said Ali Akber, another villager.

However, he was released after taking Kyat 40,000, he said more.

This is the harvest reaping time, for farmers, but Rohingya villagers are not able to reap their harvest due to army’s operation clean, Sabber, a farmer from the locality said.

At present, three groups of army have set up three temporarily check-posts in Maungnam village and the villagers have to provide them food while the villagers have no cooking pots and rice.  All the cooking pots and rice either had been destroyed or taken away by BGP (Border Guard Police) along with Natala villagers.

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