Burma Times Correspondent: July 21, 2015
Five Rohingyas travelling to Rangoon have been arrested by Lawaka.
Md Khaleque, his wife Sadeka Begum, and Abdur Razzaque from Futa Khali in Kyauktaw were among those arrested by the Lawaka in southern Arakan.
The child of Khaleque and Sadeka was also among those arrested. A fifth Rohingya man, whose identity cannot be confirmed is also in custody.
The group was arrested in the southern part of Arakan state where there are no Rohingyas or Muslims. Their current whereabouts are also unknown raising concerns something bad might happen to them.
Under the draconian laws of Arakan state, Rohingyas are forbidden to travel outside their villages without permission from authorities. Many Rohingyas have been sentenced to years of imprisonment and even killed for going out of their neighbourhoods to find work.
Under such circumstances, few Rohingyas go to the southern part of the state. Going to Rangoon is almost unthinkable. The circumstances under which this group made this desperate journey is not clear, but it is believed they were living in near starvation conditions.