Burma Times Correspondent: May 25, 2015
Burmese authorities have secretly segregated approximately hundred Rohingya persecuted vicitms who were fleeing the long state-sanctioned discrimination after risking their life at sea from the ship ‘rescued’ by their navy on the early hours of Friday.
Local sources in Hashurata, Maungdaw south say that the navy brought about three hundred migrants to land. At that time Lawaka[ immigration department] and intelligence officials escorted all of them to the local Madrasa[ Islamic religious school].
In the next hour, authorities interviewed all the three hundred migrants. Then around 70 men and 30 women were packed in the backs of trucks and driven away.
Later the government claimed that 208 migrants were rescued from the sea, all of them being Bangladeshis.
At least two volunteers who accompanied the Lawaka have also confirmed the information.
The government has been claiming that migrants stranded in the sea are mostly Bangladeshis. According to Min Aung Hlaing, commander in chief of the Armed Forces, many Bangladeshis are pretending to be Rohingyas to get international aid.
Sources also say that there are some Rohingyas among the 208 Bangladeshis who have pretended to be from the Chittagong area, to save themselves from government action.
Some locals also claim that the navy also rescued a smaller ship and escorted it to an unknown location. The allegation has not been confirmed.