22nd August 2017:
A health worker from Buthidaung of Arakan went missing for three weeks now.
The local authority continues searching for U Tun Aye Maung, an anti-Malaria operation health department worker, but yet to find any clue, said a police officer from Phonyo Lake outpost in Buthidaung township.
“He went to Thalu Byar village on 1 August for purposes and was returning back to his native Sindin Zee village on 8 August. Since then he went missing,” informed the police officer.
His wife Daw Ma Pyu lodged a complaint at Naung Chaung border police on 12 August about the case and the search operation still continues.
Earlier on 27 July, another Rakhine villager from Chut Byint village in Rathidaung locality went missing. Than Htay went to Mayu Mountain looking for bamboo shoots and mushrooms. However he did not return home thereafter.
Two other Rakhine villagers from Kyauk Sar Din village from the same locality also went missing since 22 April. They too went for mollusks and vegetables in Mayu ranges.
The Chut Byint village administrator U Aung Thein Mya admitted that the Rakhine villagers got scared from visiting the Mayu area as many people had already gone missing from the mountain ranges of the State.