Man was kidnapped with help of police and BGP near Akyab
Burma Times Correspondent: April 09, 2015
A Rohingya Muslim man has been freed in a critical condition from the clutches of traffickers in Thailand.
On March 28, Rohingya refugees in the country paid a huge amount of money to traffickers based in the jungles of southern Thailand to release a man who had been tortured and starved for the last two and a half months.
In mid January, Enayet Ullah, s/o Mohajir Rahman was kidnapped by human traffickers in Mouloi fara, Akyab. He was then put on a boat destined for the high seas.
In the boat, Enayet was tortured and starved. Traffickers contacted his parents who heard their son screaming over the phone.
In spite of the torture, his desperate parents had no means to raise the two million kyats demanded of them.
The torture continued in a jungle camp of Southern Thailand.
Later residents of Enayet’s village contacted friends and relatives staying in Bangkok. They managed to raise half a million kyats for Enayet.
Enayet was released after the payment of the ransom money. However his limbs have been broken and the starvation has left him malnourished.
Refugees in Thailand say that there are fears that he may die. He is currently undergoing medical treatment in a Bangkok hospital.
Sources say police and BGP abetted the kidnapping of Rohingya refugees near Akyab.
Thai authorities also have connections with human traffickers, according to international media Without their co-operation, it also seems impossible to hold and torture so many refugees as prisoners in the jungle camps of Southern Thailand.