Burma Times Correspondent: March 18, 2015
A fire has destroyed six houses in Kiladong, Maundaw South on Monday, according to our local correspondent.
At around 9.30 pm, a fire suddenly erupted in a house at west of Shaira para. Within minutes the flames had spread burning six of the 12 houses in the area. The residents managed to escape the fire but many valuables including more than ten goats were burned.
The cause of the fire is not clear. But since February, there have been a series of mysterious fire incidents throughout the Mayu frontier area. In each case houses burn down within minutes but the government then blames residents for setting fire to their own abodes for putting the blames on anti Muslim groups such as the 969 movement.
The owners are then forbidden to raise new houses and are forced to sleep in the open.
Kiladong is a known hotspot where a Rakhine mob backed by security forces killed scores of civilians including women and children in January 2014. Since then the situation of Kiladong has remained tense and police have cracked hard on the survivors of the massacre to prevent them from taking to media and rights groups. Even recently, police made a number of arrests in Kiladong and subjected the men to brutal torture on trumped up murder charges.
Meantime, people are forbidden from leaving their neighbourhoods and no one has been able to go to the site of the fire.
Kiladong is also known as one of the primary targets for Buddhist nationalist groups who accuse the residents of killing a Rakhine police officer.