Burma Times Correspondent: April 20, 2015
BGP and police raided the village tract of Nara Bil in Maungdaw North after information that some Rohingya Muslims have not handed over their white cards.
On Sunday, truckloads of security personal turned up in the village tract from their nearby bases in Naffura and Tin Maile creating terror among the local populace.
They raided many of the houses but did not find any white cards. During the raid, some BGP personal threatened any Rohingyas holding on to the white cards with ‘a lesson they will never forget till the end of times’.
In response to protests by Buddhist nationalist groups over voting rights of Rohingya Muslims, the government suddenly declared that all white cards would expire by the end of March.
This would mean that Rohingyas will have to hand over all white cards. This would leave the community without any official documents and hence proof of residence in Burma. This in turn would enable the authorities to identify themselves as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who should be expelled at a convenient date.
Although authorities have promised temporary documents in exchange of white cards, this has not always been the case. Many Rohingyas are thus living at present without any official documents.
The government and anti Muslim groups have always claimed that Rohingyas are not nationals of Burma.