Arakanese farmers detained for 11 months

Pauk TawPauktaw, 27 Dec 2013 : Seven farmers from Pauktaw township of Arakan State remain under the police detention for 11 months as the township court delayed its verdict in regards to their case.

U That Tun Aung, an Arakan State Parliamentarian from the township alleged that all 7 farmers from Nga Pree Thet village under Pauktaw township were arrested by the police on February 11 after a clash between two group of villagers.

“It is unfortunate that the farmers have to be under police custody for so long time as the court is delaying its order. The court should have pronounced its verdict earlier. Now the farmers are suffering in the police lockup,” said U That Tun Aung.

The farmers namely U Chaung Nar Aung, U Aung Thein Kyaw, U Thein Maung, Mg Nyunt Sein, Aung Kyaw Zaw, Saw Hla Maung and Mg Kyaw Thein clashed with another group of villagers on the night Februar11, 2013 for the right of a creek.

They attacked each other with swords and other arms like stick, knifes etc. Some villagers got serious injuries and they were sent to the hospital.

The police forces from Pauktaw police station rushed to the spot and arrested all these seven farmers from the location in the connection of the clash. And since then they are detained in the police lockup without any bail.

“I suspect the other group of farmers, who also indulged in the clash, was close to the local authority and hence the concerned judge has delayed the verdict,” added the lawmaker U That Tun Aung.

He also expressed serious concern that the rule of law (in judiciary) in Burma remains pathetic.

Narinjara tried to contact with the judge of the court, but it was learnt that he was away from the town for attending an important training course and hence no response was forwarded.