Burma Times Correspondent: February 21, 2015
Like every day in his adolescent life, Amir Hossain (s/o Shah Alam) bid farewell to his family early in the morning for another hard day at work on February 16. Little did anyone that he would never return.
As Amir was going to collect wood, a government owned lorry crushed him under the wheels. It seemed an unfortunate case of accident at first. But multiple accounts from eyewitnesses confirm that this was done intentionally.
“Amir was walking on the side of the road,” says a local Rohingya Muslim at Parung Chang, Butthidaung. He says that the car intentionally swerved off the road crushing the Rohingya boy to his death. “There is no other way this could have happened,” he says.
Another man says that since the roads were sparsely populated, the murderer, a Rakhine man hoped to pass this off as an accident. “But there were enough of us to see that this was no accident,” he says.
The murderer tried to flee the scene of crime but he was apprehended by local Rohingya villagers. In vain. The Rakhine administrator of the village freed him without any consequence.
Meanwhile a Rohingya Muslim driver Hashem of Buthidaung who hit a Rakhine woman accidentally causing her not even minor injuries was fined 200,000 kyats by a Rakhine elder and the BGP and his leg was broken.