Burma Times Correspondent: October 8, 2015
Security forces suddenly intensified their presence throughout Maungdaw town starting from Tuesday morning.
At around 8am, police, BGP and military personal were seen taking positions around different points of the town and manning the checkpoints in increasing members. Their vigilant and aggressive body language spread fear among local Rohingyas and kept many indoors.
Many people continue to be arbitrarily arrested and fined on flimsy charges in the town.
A little later, police intercepted a vehicle driven by a Rohingya man in the bazar area and brutally beat him up on the road side without any excuse. Locals saw the man being forced into a police vehicle and driven away.
Later in the day, government officials were seen meeting Rakhine leaders, most of them contesting the November elections. Many of these Rakhine leaders have been involved in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the past and their elections have been a matter of concern for the Rohingyas.
The subject of the meetings, which lasted till late afternoon were however not known by the Rohingyas.