Burma Times Correspondent: August 28, 2015
BGP forces raided Sainda para in Maungdaw South on Thursday late night with the alleged intention of robbing flood victims.
At around 3am, around 50 BGP personal entered the village tract and launched a search operation, hoping to get their hands on aid money given by expatriate Rohingyas to the flood victims. Locals say the BGP was alerted to money coming from abroad by local tabbes.
BGP alleged Rohingyas living in the Gulf and Malaysia had sent them funds to finance terror activities. Rohingyas in this area cut off from work and aid in the aftermath of floods depend on the money sent by their relatives based abroad for survival.
At one point when BGP entered Oisha para, Rohingyas unable to identify the uniformed men in the darkness thought robbers were raiding the neighbourhood. They raised a cry and organised a defence. In response, the BGP fired shots at them. No one was injured and the BGP retreated in face of the resistance threatening to come back and teach the ‘Kalars’ a lesson for defying the government forces. Since then, Rohingyas in the area have fled their homes fearing retaliation by security forces.
Elsewhere in the neighbourhoods of Hawar chara and Boro para, the BGP went over all the properties of the flood affected people and took anything and everything they could lay their hands on. Two Rohingyas who had come from outside the area to visit a sick relative were taken to detention on terror charges.
Locals fear they will be tortured in custody.