Two Arakanese youths tortured in police station in Rangoon

Mun Sart Khine

Rangoon: Two Arakanese youths, one of them is a former political prisoner, were severely tortured by the police in Tamwe Township police station in Rangoon Division reportedly in a lawless and bullying fashion.

Two Arakanese youths tortured in police station in Rangoon

The youths are identified as Ko Aung Naing, who was a political prisoner freed from Pha An Prison on 3rd of July and Ko Nay Tun Aung.

“The police should take legal action against us if we have done wrong. Now they have beaten us in group very inhumanly. Eight police officers including the duty officer of the Tamwe Police Station punched and kicked us lawlessly”, said Ko Aung Naing.

He said he and his friend were arrested at 11 pm on 10th of November from a tea shop in Kyauk Myaung in Tamwe Township after they had an argument with the shop owner over the football match on television.

“We had an argument with the shop owner as he did not want to show us the football match on the television. And then he called the police and the police arrested us. When we came to the police station, the duty officer asked us who we are and what did we do. I answered him I am just a student from Arakan State and my friend is a sailor. He also told us that he is also a graduate and a police officer. When we defended ourselves he started beating us. He beat me more because he knows I am a former political prisoner”, said Ko Aung Naing.

He said he has some injuries on his back while his friend has been injured on his face, lips and ears due to the beatings by the officer and other polices in the station.

Both of them are said to be released on bail in the evening of another day from the police station, but ordered to appear at the police station at 10 am on 12th of November.

“They told us to come to the police station at 10 am today. It seems that they will lay charge against us and send us to court”, said Ko Nay Aung Tun.

Both of them said that such unfair and unlawful beatings are totally unacceptable and that they have reported the matter to U Zaw Aye Maung, the Minister of Rakhine (Arakanese) National Race Affairs in Rangoon Division.

Ko Aung Naing was imprisoned after being arrested along with ten other Arakanese youths on charges of connection to the All Arakan Student and Youth Congress based in exile in September 2009.