Burma Times Correspondent: May 05, 2015
Military officials in Naikong Daung of Buthidaung have started a lucrative business at the expense of Muslim farmers in the area.
Long ago, military seized around 200 acres of agricultural land from the Rohingyas. In recent years they have sub contracted the land to three government collaborators in the area. The collaborators lease out from the military at 50,000 kyats per acre for a single season. In return they lease it to farmers at 75,000 kyats per year.
Sometimes farmers have a hard time paying the tabbes in times of bad harvest. In those situations, the tabbes assault the farmers and forces them to sell their homes.
Many farmers have gone bankrupt over the years.
Ironically many of these farmers were the original owners of the land they farm before the military seized it.
The three tabbes in charge of the business are Ataullah s/o Hossain (45), Maulavi Abdul Mannan (50) s/o Dr Mohsin and his brother Babuiya (40).
The three of them lead a ring backed by local military officials cashing on the miseries of the local Rohingya populace.