Burma Times Correspondent: August 22, 2015
Security forces arrested four members from the same family, including two women for keeping in touch with ‘IS’ militants based in neighbouring Bangladesh. The arrested people are the father, mother and their two children.
On Tuesday night, Hlun Htein personal entered the house of a Rohingya family in Longdoon, Maungdaw North and began searching the house. Soon they found a smartphone and three other mobile numbers, allegedly carrying Bangladesh SIM cards. During the operation, the security forces fired gunshots in the air spreading panic among the victims and their neighbours.
Use of Bangladesh mobile phones is common in the border region as it is used by Rohingyas to keep in touch with friends and relatives in that country. There are currently around half a million Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh side of the border.
The Hlun Htein however accused the family of using the smartphone to spread terrorist propaganda and operating a terror network based in Bangladesh. The four Rohingyas were then taken to base and separated from each other. They were asked to pay two million kyats for their release, which they were unable to do.
The four family members have been separated from each other and held in solitary confinement.
We are not revealing the identities of the prisoners as there are reports the women have been raped in custody. In recent weeks, security forces have sexually abused many women as they supposedly search for terrorists in Arakan.