Current whereabouts unknown, villagers fear torture
Burma Times Correspondent: February 03, 2015
A popular humanitarian worker is once again in police custody on charges of murdering pro government community leader Md Jokir at Khadir Beel.
Family members and local Rohingya villagers have no information on the current whereabouts of Master Ershad Ullah.
Police arrested Ershad on Sunday, less than 24 hours after his release on Saturday.
The popular man was released after villagers in Khadir Beel and surrounding areas protested his innocence and a payment of 200,000 kyats. However his arrest and the current mystery surrounding his whereabouts have alarmed locals who believe he is being tortured in police custody.
Brutal torture of Rohingya prisoners is common in the Arakan where scores have died in police custody in recent years.
Following the murder of Jokir, security forces have flooded the area vandalising property of innocent Rohingyas and leading to a tense situation in Khadir Beel and surrounding areas.
Khadir Beel is also close to Kiladong (Du Char Yar Taar), site of the now infamous massacre of January 2014.
Ershad has a popular following among locals for his humanitarian work. However this has drawn the ire of security forces and their Rohingya cohorts.
Meanwhile police have announced a reward of 500,000 kyats for information leading to the arrest of Jokir’s murderers.