TOWNSHIP PEOPLE COMPELLED TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE MILITARY
SNACKSHOPS IN A FESTIVAL IN
Sittwe, 14th February 02: Myanmar forces in Ponnagyun township which lies close to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, in the western coasts of Myanmar, forced people to buy tickets of the snack shops run by members of the families of local Light Infantry Battalion, according to our correspondent.
The annual festival of Kuwa
Buddhist cave temple in the township began on
the 28th of January this year. On the 24th January the
The army sold tickets amounting to a total of kyat 800,000 among the traders and young men of the township, our correspondent quoted a source in the local administration. It is widely believed that, the constraints within the local infantry battalion forced them to resort to opening up snack shops. In the festival members of the military intelligence also took bribe and permitted gamblers to run illegal gambling dens at night.
The Kuwa temple festival is an annual affair held on the full moon day of the Rakhine month of Pratho (January-February) and is attended by people from all over Rakhine state. #