Two suspects detained in Arakan on robbery charges

( Kyauk Taw, 6 July 2013):  Two suspects have been detained by the police from a Muslim village of Arakan State on the charge of robbery on a female school teacher and her pupil from Mrun Kat Rakhine village few days back, said a police official.

kyauk-tawU Tin Maung, in charge of Kyauk Taw police station, said that two suspects from Pe Si Muslim village in Kyauk Taw township, located at upper Kaladan river close to Chin State, have been detained. They are identified as Marmuk Chay and San Naing (father and son) from Pe Si village.

The Pe Si Muslim village is located on the other side of the Kaldan river that separates the Mrun Kat Rakhine village.

A female private school teacher named San San New, 20, (daughter of U Thein Maung) and her pupil named Ma Than New (a class four student and daughter of U kyaw Thein Oo) from Mrun Kat village in Kyauk Taw township were attacked by the two goons at around 8:30 pm of 3 July, when they returned back after using a jungle toilet on the backyard of her residence.

The goons grabbed them to shore line of the river and looted their ornaments. When resisted the goons even tried to kill the female teacher.

Ma Than New luckily escaped and cried for help. Listening to her scream, the villagers rushed to the spot and chased away the goons. San San New got some injuries and left unconscious. The villagers had immediately sent the female teacher to Kyauk Taw township hospital by a machine boat.

“The victim teacher and her student complained us about the incident and gave clues that the goons may belong to the Muslim community. We started investigation and finally could detain the goons. They are now in our custody and we are interrogating them about the incident. But I can not confirm everything as the investigation process is still going on,” said the police officer U Tin Maung.

The police have registered a case with file no (Pa) 80/ 2013 under the criminal act section no (382), he added.

In another incident, two Muslim youths named Win Naing and Nga Pruu alias Min Naing from Thandwe, a southern district town of Arakan, were arrested by the police after a 17 year old Arakanse girl accused them of rapping her. The incident took place on 29 June, after the Buddhists attacked Muslim properties in the Thandaw town resulting in destroying nearly ten houses.