Burma Times Correspondent: March 19, 2015
Immigration officials threatened a lawsuit against three Rohingya men when they came to register as Bengalis, according to our local correspondent.
Hossain Ahmed, Jeru and Rafique from Maungdaw Char (four) Mile went to the local immigration office on Tuesday to register as Bengalis for the green card. Here the official started asking them complicated questions such as which part of Bangladesh they came from, the name of the Prime Minister of that country when they were there, the reasons for coming to Burma and the name of the immigration officials who were in this area when they came.
An irritated Hossain, a former army personnal said that he could only answer questions relating to Burma and not Bangladesh because he was not from that country. The men then told the immigration official that they were not Bengalis and had only agreed to be Bengalis because the police threatened them.
This angered the immigration official who told the Rohingyas that charges will be pressed against them. Many Rohingyas have been arrested and tortured, some even killed for insisting on identifying themselves by their native name.
Meanwhile local media claimed that around 120 people from the area have agreed to be Bengalis. Local Rohingyas have disputed the claims.