Burma Times Correspondent: July 22, 2015
Military presence has increased around the village tracts under Maungdaw township in the past few days.
Although the military has not launched a crackdown against Rohingya villagers, many are passing their days in anticipation of harder times in the coming days.
The military presence is however not concentrated along the settlements but in the forests and the hills.
Eyewitnesses say that the increase of military men is especially noteworthy in remote areas around the Bangladesh border.
Woodcutters are currently avoiding the hills and the forests in fear of the soldiers who have a notorious track record against the Rohingya populace.
Many government collaborators or tabbes have said the increased military presence comes following the kidnapping of two soldiers near the Bangladesh border. The soldiers were later rescued and returned by the armed forces of Bangladesh. Although the media in Bangladesh attributed the kidnapping to the Rakhine outfit Arakan Army, there are fears that the blame might be shifted towards the Muslims.
Their concerns are justified by comments made by local administrators who say Islamic militants are gaining ground in the remote areas of Maungdaw township. Such accusations have little authenticity, according to independent observers.