Arakan police plan to arrest over 100 for communal violence

Kyauk Taw, December 24 :

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The Arakan police have prepared a list of over 100 individuals suspecting their roles in communal violence that erupted two years back in Kyouk Taw locality of western Burma.

The police officer on duty Khin Maung confirmed that they were searching many people relating to the 2012 arson in Arakan State.

“We are yet to trace many people, as they are avoiding the arrest,” informed the officer of Kyouk Taw police station while talking to Narinjara News.

The police officer added that everybody was worried over the 2012 violence and many criminals were roaming free which was a matter of serious concern.

He also revealed that the police were proceeding carefully such that any arrest cannot encourage violent activities among the natives.

Various local leaders with responsible citizens representing civil society groups recently approached the Arakan State chief minister requesting the arrest plan to be checked before implanted fully.

“Some arrested persons may be involved with the violence, but many of them were seemingly not involved with the arson. Moreover, few individuals named in the police arrest list have already expired. Many of them also left the country for living in exile after the violence.

So we requested the State government to check the matter,” U Khin Maung, a local leader, who was among the delegation to meet the chief minister on December 11, commented.

The local leaders maintained their points that most of the accused individuals were out of their localities during the violence and they should not be arrested for the crime, they did not engineer.

Of course, the police officer denied it and reaffirmed that anybody arrested would be cross-checked for his involvement in the communal violence.

“All the arrested persons would be investigated against their involvement in the crime according to our police procedures,” he pointed out.

He also revealed that the police have arrested only four individuals out of the list, where two persons are identified to be natives of Kyanyo Byin village.

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