Burma Times Correspondent: October 23, 2015
Many Rohingyas in Kyauktaw villages have gone into hiding after police accused them of masterminding the murder of two Rakhine men.
Tensions are running high in the last ten days since two Rakhine men allegedly went missing from the Rohingya inhabited areas of Nijhum para and Mainkya para. Our sources however say only one man went missing but was later found two days later in Kyauktaw town.
Locals say the incident has been orchestrated by certain quarters to increase communal tensions before the crucial November elections in a bid to increase support for the ruling party which has stronger anti Muslim credentials than the opposition NLD.
Meanwhile Rakhine gangs kept up their presence in the roads leading up to the Muslim villages in the area creating fear of an imminent massacre. They are mobilised by violent rhetoric perpetuated by Rakhine politicians accusing the Rohingyas of torturing and killing two Rakhine men.
Earlier police dug up Muslim graveyards alleging the Rohingyas had buried the corpses of their victims there.
Many of those accused by the police say they have been ordered to pay millions of kyats to the authorities to avoid arrest and torture. They say the amount of fine they are being expected to pay will leave them bankrupt.