Burma Times Correspondent: March 19, 2015
Five owners of the six houses that burned down in the restive village of Kiladong on Monday have ran way after police asked them to report to the station, according to our local correspondent.
The sixth owner of the house has been confirmed to receive serious burn injuries from the fire. 80 year old Shah Murak was late in getting out of the fire’s way and is now in intense pain. He has not been able to get any medical treatment as Rohingya Muslims are barred from going to hospital.
The other house owners have been identified as Anis (35), s/o Mokbul Hossain, Syed (60) s/o Oli Miag, Leru (40) s/o Zahid Mohammad, Boshor (55) s/o Lal Miah and Shah Jahan (40) s/o Monzur. Locals say that they fled the area fearing that the police was going to blame them for setting fire to their own houses.
Since February, a string of mysterious fires have occurred through these parts of Arakan burning down Rohingya houses. In the aftermath, the government blames the victims for setting fire to their own houses so as to discredit Buddhist nationalist movements.
Meanwhile sources say that the police is taking preparations to press charges against the house owners and some community elders for the latest fire incident.
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.