Burma Times Correspondent: April 16, 2015
Locals in the restive village tract of Kiladong in Maungdaw South are passing their days in insecurity as the government is yet to hand them the temporary documents that serve as a receipt for the white card.
It is feared that without the temporary documents, the authorities will identify them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and push them over the nearby border at a convenient time.
Additionally it is feared that the government and their collaborators will prosecute those asking for the temporary documents.
On Monday, Azim Ullah (33), s/o Ehsan Ullah asked the Aishwaramu of Kiladong Md Sultan the status of their temporary documents. He replied that the government is dealing with the matter.
Later when Azim was returning home from fishing, Sultan approached him and said his movements at such a late hour was suspicious. He then told Azim that he must be involved in the smuggling business.
Azim now has to pay 250,000 kyats to stay out of police custody.
People fear that anyone daring to ask Sultan of the documents will face prosecution.
The Kiladong village also known as the Du Char Yar Taan has been identified as a troubled spot by the government. In January 2014, a Rakhine mob backed by security forces killed scores of Rohingya Muslims, mainly women and children in the village. In the aftermath of the massacre, government cracked down on survivors for giving accounts to NGOs and media personal. Since then the government has always maintained a particularly negative perception towards the village.