Burma Times Correspondent: June 27, 2015
Police launched another raid in Lamal para, Napiter Deel in Maungdaw on Thursday.
At around 10.30 am, around 35 policemen in motorcycles and a bus entered the neighbourhood for the second time in three days. They once again started the raid in the house of Janey Alam. Alam has been absconding since Tuesday when the police raided his house and arrested a guest.
Alam’s house was thoroughly searched once again but there was nothing to be found. Police then broke into the house of his neighbour Noor Hossain, beat him up and arrested him.
Police then arrested another man Rahim Ullah from his house.
After that, police broke down into the house of a man named Jokir Ahmed. Jokir was not in the house but police arrested his wife Yasin Fatima.
After that, police fell upon a man named Kaiser Alam who was walking down the road. The police then ordered him to take them to the Rekoya 5 area. Here they entered a shop and arrested the owner Fatima Begum. She was assaulted in front of her four daughters and then taken to the bus. Nearby there was a carpenter at work named Hamid Hossain and he was arrested too. The police then entered Hamid’s house and took all the cash found there which amounted to 70,000 kyats.
Another unidentified man was arrested from the road.
The prisoners including the two women were taken to a police camp and tortured during the night. During the torture, no reason was given for the acts of the police.
They were released the next day for a payment of 100,000 kyats each.
Except one man, all those arrested on Tuesday from this area are yet to be released. Locals say they face torture in custody. Torture of this kind is common in the Arakan state where hundreds of Muslims have died in police custody since the riots of 2012.