Police have extorted a million kyats from four landowners in Nagpura, Maungdaw, according to our local correspondent.
On Monday, police surrounded the house of the four landowners and told them that they were drug dealers.
However locals say that the four men are from respectable backgrounds and renowned for their humanitarian services in the area.
They have been identified as Dr Islam (60), s/o Mahada, Haji Boshir (40) s/o Syed Amin, his brother Kabir Ahmed (35) and Haji Liakot (60) s/o Ahmed Borhan.
Sources say that four men were on bad terms with a local tabbe Zahidur Rahman who called in the police to harass them.