Burma Times Correspondent: August 28, 2015
Twenty five Rohingyas arrested by security forces in Akyab have been freed after their relatives paid huge amounts of bribes to authorities.
The arrested Rohingyas, which included children were brutally tortured in prison since Sunday raising fears for their well being. However on Wednesday, they were released after the payment of millions of kyats. They were taken to the Rohingya ghetto of Aung Mingalar and then transported back to Anak parang in Rathedaung from where they came.
Under the laws of the country, Rohingyas are forbidden to travel from one area to another without permission from the authorities.
But these Rohingyas were hoping to get treatment in the Thakkay Pyin Clinic, which is one of the last remaining medical lifeline for the Rohingyas in the Akyab region.
There are no medical centres in Anak parang that treats Rohingyas.
The 14 men and the 11 women were convinced by Rakhine boatmen that they had special arrangements with the security forces and would not be bothered. Assured by their claims, the Rohingya community in Anak parang decided to send these women, who were suffering from various diseases to Thakkay Pyin Clinic for treatment.
However as the boat was passing through the Thae Chaung beach area on Sunday, military personal intercepted the boat. When they saw the passengers were Rohingyas, they proceeded to assault them. They were heavily beaten and handed over to local police.
Many Rohingyas venturing outside their area without permission have even been killed by security forces or Rakhine nationalists.