KALADAN NEWS

Dated- 21st April 2003

 

ARBITRARY ARREST AND EXTORTION BY NASAKA

 

Buthidaung, April 21:  Nasaka (Border Security Force)

arrested a Rohingya man unlawfully and extorted money

on 27th March while he was visiting his relatives at

Buthidaung township of Arakan State from neighbouring

Maungdaw town, according to our correspondent.

 

On 25 March the victim Mostafa Kamal, 47, son of

Mohamed Meah of Nalbannya (Pandaw Pyin) village,

Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, had gone to visit the

house of his relative Lal Meah at Atwin Nget Thay

village ( Kyar Zingyar Para ) in Buthidaung township

obtaining all required travel pass and documents,

including form (4) , he further added.

 

The following day, that is on 26 March, two Nasaka

personnel from Phon Nyo Lake (Pyumali) Nasaka camp, in

Nasaka area number (9), of Buthidaung Township went to

the village and arrested Mostafa Kamal from the house

of Lal Meah with an allegation that the visitor was a

Bangladeshi, without considering the fact that he had

with him all relevant documents acquired from Maungdaw

Township authorities.

 

On information, the Chairman and Secretary of the

Atwin Nget Thay village accompanied by Lal Meah (host)

went to the Nasaka camp and made a request for the

release of their genuine visitor. But the camp

in-charge was reported to have demanded an amount of

Kyat 200,000/- from them, the sources further added.

 

However, Mostafa Kamal was later released on 27 March

on payment of a ransom of Kyat 70,000/-. Thus an

elderly man of the village told our correspondent, “

the Nasaka’s action is totally unacceptable but we

have no alternative. What they are doing ‘might is

right’.

 

Editor

Kaladan Press Network

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