Marn Yu Kyaw (Shwe Wa Myay)
Sittwe, 21 February
Two prisoners escaped from a high security prison in Buthidaung, Arakan State, yesterday afternoon, the prison warden confirmed to Narinjara News.
“It’s true that they have escaped. Two inmates have escaped. They were from the group [of inmates] who were searching for firewood. They are normal Bengalis and not related to terrorism. They are normal inmates. They are from Maungdaw,” said the prison warden.
The prison security has been tightened more after the two inmates escaped and the authorities are trying to find them.
“There was some slackness because we trusted them. They took this chance to escape. Now, we are trying to find them. We have divided up teams to find them. They haven’t been caught yet,” the prison warden added.
Buthidaung Prison has over 1,000 inmates and half of them have been detained in relation to the violence in Maungdaw that broke out on 9 October last year.