Burma Times Correspondent: February 06, 2015
As the census goes on, police are heavily extorting people in Hojar Beel, Maungdaw South during the census.
Police are preparing a BD list, referring to people who had supposedly crossed over from the neighbouring country of Bangladesh (BD) in recent years and thus not eligible for long term stay in this country anymore.
Rohingya families have been forced to pay a substantial amount to police and authorities for crossing them out of the BD list.
The families of Md Yunus (s/o Hossain) and Kamal (s/o Jalal) have been forced to pay 250,000 kyats. Despite this, five family members of Yunus, and two family members of Kamal have been registered in the BD list denying them citizenship.
The families of Anu (s/o Nazir Ahmed), Md Halim (s/o Mobarak) and Abu Kalam (s/o Lokman Hakim) had to pay 150,000 kyats. But one member of Md Halim and Abu Kalam’s family was nevertheless incorporated in the BD list.
Rahim Ullah, s/o Nazir ahmed has been forced to pay 80,000 kyats, while his brother Salim Ullah was forced to pay 60,000 kyats.
Some other families affected by the BD police are the families of Md Alam s/o Gofur Hossain, Nur Alam s/o Golam Sharif, and Mahmudur Rahman s/o Fazal Rahman.
The coming days might see more extortions and more canelaations.
Ironically the authorities register Rohingyas as Bengalis, implying they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Anyone insiting to be Rohingya is arrested by police and frequently sentenced to rigorous terms in the infamous prisons of Arakan where scores have died following torture.
Two tabbes Kader and Syed Alam have been instrumental in preparing the list.