Bengalis in Sittwe
Sittwe. 16th June 03: A census of what the ruling Burmese junta call as the Bengali population in Sittwe Township, the capital of the western Rakhine State in Burma, has been undertaken.
Beginning 12th June, the census has been conducted by a powerful body composed of members of the Military Intelligence, the State Police Department, the Immigration, Township Peace and Development Council (the administrative arm of the ruling State Peace and Development Council junta).
Our correspondent quoting sources in the administration said that in line with the directives of the Western Commander Major General Maung Oo, a Committee for Census-taking of the “Bengalis” was formed in the township on 10th June 03 consisting of the following executive committee members: 1 U Kyaw Naing
The powerful census committee was formed and has been ordered to carry out the census taking of the present Bengali population of
In the directive from the western commander there was a mention of the reason for the census as “to check the future infiltration of Bengalis from neighbouring country”. The census is hoped to be continued for a period stretching between one and five months, sources said.
Among the Bengali dialect speaking inhabitants of
In 1978 on the face of such a census dubbed as the Nagamin Operation (Dragon King Operation) thousands of the ‘Bengalis’ as termed by the then ruling Burmese junta in the western Burmese state fled into the neighbouring country of Bangladesh, said an official in the immigration department. #