15 August 2017:
An Arakanese school headmaster apprehended his security after three Army officers questioned him about insurgent’s activities in Ran Aung Bying locality.
U Maung Maung Than, who serves as the headmaster at Ran Aung Bying government middle school of (in Mro tribal village under Mrauk U township of Arakan) expressed his worries recently.
Speaking to Narinjara News through telephone, the headmaster informed that three officers including the commander in-charge of Sa Kha Ka 9 (division 9) came to his village on 11 August and interrogated me. Earlier, on 7 August, the second commander of Battalion 540 based in Mrauk U came to his village to interrogate him for the first time.
Later the commander of the same battalion along with one police officer arrived at his village on 9 August to put more questions. The questions were related to insurgent groups and their activities in his area, which is located at upper Ram Chaung creek and a few miles away from Mrauk U town.
More significantly, an Army captain from Battalion 540 came to the village and questioned four female teachers from the same about the activities of the headmaster (U Maung Maung Than).
“I am worried now about my security after their interrogations. Though I replied to them in straight words and informed that I have no idea about the militants’ activities, they repeated their questions. I have never been involved in any kinds of anti-government activities,” the headmaster stated.
Narinjara News also contacted the Mrauk U Myoma police station from where the police officer on duty Thet Naing Aye claimed that he was not aware of the matter. He also declared that no official from the police station went to the village for such interrogations.