Burma Times Correspondent: February 16, 2015
Police have told residents of Godusera that they will be given the pink card on condition they inform terrorists and smugglers in their midst.
On Sunday at around 11.30 am, a group of policemen visited the restive village tract and informed locals that there were many terrorists, smugglers and criminals among the Muslims. “If you inform us of their names, we will reward you with pink cards,” said a police Rayeka.
Godusera has been tense since security forces launched a sudden crackdown in the area a week ago, leading to fears that a Kiladong (Du Char Yar Taan) style massacre was in the offing. Godusera is adjacent to the massacre sight where scores of Rohingya men, women and children were killed by a Rakhine mob backed by security forces in January 2014.
Meanwhile Hafez Shafikul, a cleric arrested from Godusera has been subjected to brutal torture in custody.
The police also informed Godusera residents that they must hand in their white id cards by late March as per government decision. Government took this decision following protests by Buddhist nationalist groups.
Similar announcements have been made by police in other places of Maungdaw.
Incidentally a few Muslims who have bee given pink cards in Arakan last year say their condition has not improved at all.