Burma Times Correspondent: October 22, 2015
Fears of an imminent massacre continues to loom over Rohingyas in Kyauktaw township as Rakhine leaders perpetuate rumours claiming the Muslims have killed two Buddhists in the area.
Armed Rakhine gangs kept up their presence around many Muslim neighbourhoods in the area threatening the Rohingyas with attacks. Meanwhile police entered villages and made a list of Rohingyas alleging they were involved in the murder and disappearance of two Rakhine men. The Rohingyas listed by the police are the ones who are more vocal for the rights of the community and are involved in humanitarian work.
Tensions were created last week when Rakhines alleged two of their men went missing from the Nijhum para and Mainkya para area. The situation became worse when an unidentified corpse was pulled out from the Apak Khal later.
Rakhines allege the Rohingyas are behind the murder.
Our sources say the allegedly missing Rakhine man was found two days later in Kyauktaw town and the whole affair has been cooked up by opportunist politicians to increase communal tensions ahead of the November elections. They also said anyone killed in that area cannot travel as far as Apak Khal.
Anaylysts say there are fears that pro regime activists are stoking up anti Muslim sentiments ahead of the crucial November elections to weaken support for the opposition NLD which is seen as more sympathetic towards marginalised communities.
Meanwhile Rohingyas from the Kyauktaw urged their politicians living outside the country to mobilise international media spotlight on the area saying a mob attack seems imminent.