Yangon, 17 March 2016
At least seventeen migrants from Arakan State in western Burma (Myanmar) were arrested by the Thai police from Yala locality of southern Thailand.
According to an Arakanese migrant named U San Shwe Khaing, a group of Thai police arrived at Yala on Tuesday morning and arrested all the Arakanese nationals, who were working there as road construction labourers.
“I guess, they were brought to Songkala town from Yala after the arrest. But I have no idea why they were booked. They have valid passports and also work permits from the Thai government,” added U San Shwe Khaing.
Among the arrestees, eight individuals hail from Tan Kho village under Ponna Kyaunt township and nine migrants were from Kyauk Taw township of Arakan.
The road contractor, who is a Thai national and under whom they were working, has been negotiating with the authority for their release. But till date they are under detention, informed U San Shwe Khaing.