Burma Times Correspondent: September 01, 2015
Hospital staff and security forces in Maungdaw town refused to hand over the dead body of a Rohingya girl killed by a wild elephant.
On Friday, a 12 year girl was killed by an elephant as she looked over a herd of cattle in Fohali, Maungdaw North. The victim was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Hospital staff and police however said there were discrepancies in her death. They threatened family members with arrest and forced them to pay 300,000 kyats.
One man speaking from Fohali says, “the incident has left her relatives shattered. But even as the family grieved the untimely demise of the little girl, they were threatened with arrest.”
The incident also points to the danger posed by stray elephants in the region. While elephants in a herd are generally not ferocious, a solitary animal separated from the herd can display unnatural and aggressive traits. But whenever elephants attack Rohingya villages, the security forces make the bizarre claim that RSO militants had driven them out from the hills and that is why they are straying in into the human habitat.
The bizarre claim is used as a justification to round up and torture Rohingyas for ransom money.