Burma Times Correspondent: April 30, 2015
Authorities have asked residents of Amla fara near Akyab not to go out of their homes after 10.30 pm starting from Wednesday.
Authorities told the Rohingya Muslims that the measures were not for them but to launch operations against Rakhines harbouring terrorists. In recent days, clashes have broken out between Rakhine militants and armed forces.
However locals say that whenever a curfew is in place, Muslims are the biggest targets. In past instances, anyone found on the streets after evening was arrested and often tortured. They were released only after a payment of a hefty bribe.
“If the curfew starts after 10.30pm and ends at 5am, there is no problem as we are asleep during this time. But in reality the police starts arresting anyone in the streets after evening,” says a local man in Amla fara.