Mrauk U : A Burmese army battalion based in Mrauk-U in Arakan State has fetched many local Arakanese villagers for interrogations reportedly to investigate recent communal violence in the area.
The villagers are said to be from Yaing The, Than Shwan Pyin, Thu Ray Chaung and Maha Htee Villages, etc in Mrauk-U Township and to have been interrogated by the army on suspicion that they were involved in the violence.
The Burmese soldiers are also said to have taken six villagers who include U Aung Tun Phru, U Pyiy Thein Aung and U Tun Lin Kyaw from Than Shwan Pyin Village on Monday morning, saying that they had to interrogate them.
U Aye Maung Than, the vice-president of the RNDP for Mrauk-U Township, also confirmed the army’s actions on the villagers in the area. He however said he was uncertain if the army arrested them or took them just for interrogations.
“I am not sure if the army are arresting the villagers or taking them just for interrogations. But I have heard that they were taken by the army in the morning and dismissed in the evening after interrogations”, he said.
He also said he does not know any details about what the villagers were asked and how they were treated during the army interrogation.
The villagers in the area are said to be worrying for their security and living in their villages because of the army’s actions.
The Burmese army has launched similar operations of fetch and interrogate of Arakanese villagers in Kyauktaw Township as well. The unconfirmed reports are spreading that the soldiers have bullied the villagers by punching or kicking them without any reason during their operation in the area.