Burma Times Correspondent: August 29, 2015
Security forces and government collaborators have once again stepped up pressure on villagers in Firing Dong of Rathedaung. As a result of strict surveillance by the administration, Rohingyas have not been able to make repairs to their homes destroyed by floods.
Most Rohingyas are still living under plastic sheets almost a month after floods destroyed their homes. This has brought hardship for the flood affected community, especially the children.
Under the laws of the country, Rohingya Muslims are forbidden to make repairs to their homes without permission of the government.
However on Friday, a Rohingya man who had taken permission from the authorities was still arrested and assaulted by BGP. Rahmat Ullah (40) had taken permission from the village authorities but even then, the BGP showed up at his home and proceeded to assault him. He was only relieved when his family paid them 400,000 kyats.
Now Rahmat Ullah does not have any money to make home repairs and is in dire need of medical treatment, which is not available for Rohingyas in the area.
According to local sources, the surveillance of the area is supervised by the wily tabbe of the area, a man whom villagers know as Baish Kutu. Baish Kutu is known to be one of the most efficient enforcers in Arakan state but has a knack for covering up his crimes with his smooth speech and behaviour.
He has presided over a reign of terror in this region of Rathedaung.