Arrested cleric brutally tortured
Burma Times Correspondent: February 13, 2015
A government investigation team visited Godusera in the aftermath of a sudden security crackdown that raised fears of a massacre in the region.
On the Tuesday night, police, BGP and army suddenly flooded to Godusera following protests by the locals over the arrest of a respected cleric Hafez Shofikul.
The government team interviewed four residents – – Md Abdullah, Din Mohammad, Kholil Ahmed and Zafar Hossain on Wednesday morning asking them to relate the events of the night before.
All four of them gave similar accounts saying that after night prayers they suddenly saw police surround the mosque and arresting Shofikul. This invoked protests by Rohingyas. Police then called in the BGP which fired about 30-50 shots in the air.
Meanwhile Shofikul has been brutally tortured in police custody. Torture of Muslim prisoners is increasingly common in the prisons of Arakan where scores have died since 2012.
Incidentally Godusera is adjacent to Kiladong (Du Char Yar Taan) where at least 48 men, women and children were killed by a Rakhine mob backed by security forces in January 2014.