( Thandwe, 15 August 2013): Two more bodies were recovered y in Thandwe by the police in the aftermath of the recent arson between the Buddhists and Muslims. The victims are identified as Buddhists and not Muslims, said colonel Min Aung, police chief of security and intelligence department in Nay pyidaw.
The Thandwe violence that broke out between September 28 to October 4 resulted in the killing of seven persons and setting fire on 100 houses resulting 500 villagers rendered homeless.
“They (both the victims) are Rakhine Buddhists from Taungup township. The bodies were recovered from a forest located at Lin Thee village Muslim on 9 October,” added Colonel Min Aung.
The police identify their names as Ko Po Tar alias Ko Maung Maung Win (33 years old) and Ko Yazar alias Kyaw Zwar Lin (29), who belonged to Taungup township.
They were missing since the violence erupted in Thandwe. They are suspected to be attacked by some villagers from Lin Thee village Muslim village on October 1 while on way to Thandwe from Taungup along with four other travelers by a motorbike taxi.
The four accompanying travelers including the Christen pastor U Myint Thein managed to escape with injuries in the attack, but Ko Po Tar and Ko Yazar were not lucky enough and went on missing.
The injured four travelers were admitted in Thandwe hospital, who spoke about the incidence of attack to the relatives of victims. Later the police arrested 10 Muslim residents including Harmad from Lin Thee village suspecting their hands in the attack and during the process they recovered the bodies of two missing youths from a forest of nipa palm, 6 furlongs west of Lin Thee village .
The police also sent the bodies to Thandwe hospital for autopsy and later buried in the graveyard of their village.