Burma Times Correspondent: August 22, 2015
Security forces launched a massive crackdown in the village tract of Godusera in Maungdaw South on the night of Thursday.
At around 3pm in the night, police and Hlun Htein backed by army personal surrounded Godusera from all sides. Half an hour later, they began entering the terrified village tract from the east.
All the outlying houses were broken into and vandalised. All the men over the age of fifteen were assaulted and taken prisoner. They were gathered in one spot and were beaten again.
By 6pm, most of the prisoners were freed after the payment of ransom money ranging from 50,000 kyats to 200,000 kyats. Four men were however taken to the prison and are currently being tortured in custody, according to local sources.
They have been identified as Md Ayub (42), Ziyab Ullah (35), Md Isaac (30) and Azim Ullah (30).
Ziyab was accused of being a Bangladeshi national while Ayub was said to be possessing illegal weapons. Isaac and Azim were alleged to be possessing Bangladesh phone numbers which they used to contact terrorists in the country.
Incidentally, when the white card was withdrawn, some of the villagers in the area were not given the tokens that served as recepits. Rohingyas in this border village feared that at the opportune time, the government would use this as an excuse to identify them as Bangladesh citizens and push them over the nearby border.