Prisoners forced to confess to cop killing
Burma Times Correspondent, January 23, 2015
Police arrested four Rohingya men residing around Du Char Yar Taan on January 18 according to local sources. In recent days, the authorities have intensified crackdown on relatives of the survivors of the Du Char Yar Tan massacre.
On January 15, 2014, a Rakhine mob backed by security forces killed scores of men, women and children at the remote village of Du Char Yar Taan. In the aftermath of the killings, the government shut down the area and cracked down on survivors to prevent them giving eyewitness accounts to international news media and NGOs.
The crackdown has intensified following increased concerns on the human rights situation and visits by UN and US delegations to Arakan.
The three of the four arrested are 25 year Abdu Monaf s/o Boshir, 60 year Md Tahar s/o Abdu Razzak, and 25 year Md Ayou s/o name Khullah Mai. All three of them were living in Du Char Yar Tan during their arrest.
The fourth man came from a neighbouring village of Gudachera. His identity could not be confirmed.
All the arrestees are being subjected to brutal torture in police custody. Scores of Muslims have died in custody since the riots of June 2012.
Locals also say that the police brought a physically battered Abdu Monaf to Du Char Yar Taan on Wednesday, at about 3 pm. There a long confessional statement was extracted from him where he pointed out the spot where he along with other Muslim villagers allegedly killed and then hid the body of a policeman. He was then taken back to the camp.
The government of Burma says that while there was no massacre of Muslim villagers at Du Char Yar Taan, a policeman was killed by Muslim villagers a few days before the violence.
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