Burma Times Correspondent
Security forces continued search operations in Rohingya neighbourhoods in Maungdaw town with a raid on Sidhar para during the daylight hours of Sunday.
During the raid, police assaulted women when sharp instruments such as shovel and other agricultural tools were found, alleging they were intended to be used against the Buddhist community.
Most of the men were at work during the raid.
Police seized even small sharp objects and cursed the women for being involved in Islamic terrorism.
On Saturday there was a similar raid on nearby neighbourhoods in Maungdaw town.
Since October 3, security forces including military personal have carried out raids in different Rohingya neighbourhoods seizing sharp agricultural and household tools and assaulting Rohingya women.
Maungdaw town is one of the last remaining Rohingya majority urban centres and is considered hostile territory by many Buddhist nationalists. During 2012, in some cases, Buddhist mobs were beaten back by Rohingyas armed with agricultural tools. Locals fear the seizure of sharp weapons before the November elections is the build up to a communal attack against Rohingyas in Maungdaw town.
There are fears Buddhist nationalists close to the regime might stoke up communal tensions to garner support for the ruling party that has stronger anti Muslim credentials than the opposition NLD.