Burma Times Correspondent: August 29, 2015
BGP forces have increased raids in Rabailla para and Rohingya dong areas of Maungdaw North as locals shun the green card drive conducted by immigration officials.
Many Rohingyas are being arrested, abused and released only after the payment of huge ransom money.
“I was going to the market when the BGP stopped me and began checking me,” says Abdur Rahman. Unable to find anything illegal, BGP took him mobile phone and claimed he was using a Bangladesh SIM card to keep in touch with RSO terrorists operating from that country. “I was using a Burma SIM,” says Abdur Rahman. He was mercilessly beaten up and forced to pay 300,000 kyats for his freedom.
Another man Md Sadek says BGP surrounded his house at midnight, dragged him out in front of his family members and started beating him. “They said I was dealing in yaba, but I have never even see that (yaba tablets) in my life,” says Sadek. Family members paid half a million kyats for his release.
These incidents have increasing in the area since August 16 and many other Rohingyas in the area have been implicated in false cases and abused.
Incidentally the green card is a form of identity paper given to naturalised citizens. As for Rohingyas, they are identified as Bengalis who have lived in Arakan state before independence and thus deemed eligible only for the green card.
But Rohingyas refuse to identify themselves as Bengalis and claim they are ingenious to the land.