Kyauk Phru, 11 February:
A religious pray ceremony was recently organized in support of Kyauk Pru township rural development chairman U Maung Aye with others, who were arrested by Burma Army from different parts of Arakan.
The ceremony took place at Pawdaw Mu Kant Kaw Taw Buddha Statute in Gonchin village on 7 February 2016, where 150 Kyauk Pru villagers and also four monks joined in the morning prayer campaign. The program started at 9 am and concluded by 10 am after the participants shouted slogans relating to their immediate release.
Five precepts were admitted by the attendance where Mya Tan Saung, an influential monk from Mrouk Oo city delivered a speech urging the release of U Maung Aye with the others.
“As the citizens of Burma (Myanmar), all the detainees should get the protection under the law. The authority should declare why there were picked-up. Even after many days of their arrest, the Burma Army is yet to frame charges against them. We are not aware of their whereabouts. These all signify that they are being kept behind bars illegally,” commented the monk.
The military personnel had picked-up local rural development chairman U Maung Aye with few others on 21 January, but their families were not informed about the development, alleged U Maung Aye’s wife Daw Hla Thein Shwe.
Earlier on 3 February, the family of U Maung Aye and six monks met the military intelligent bureau officials demanding latest information about him, but they were not entertained. The military people even did not clarify whether they were arrested or not. Even through the locals suspected that they were targeted because of their contacts with the insurgents belonged to Arakan Army, the authorities remained silent over it.