Burma Times Correspondent: June 20, 2015
Residents in the restive village tract of Kiladong of Maungdaw South say that the situation has remained unchanged as a new headman (Aishwaramu) has taken over.
The Aishwaramu acts on behest of the government forces and helps them monitor villagers on a daily basis. Kiladong has a long history of infamous collaborators.
The current Aishwaramu Shah Alam was appointed following the death of the infamous Md Sultan Ahmed. Sultan was killed by unknown assailants on May 2, 2015.
Alam has declared that Rohingyas who have not been given receipts in exchange for surrendering their white cards have been deleted from the family lists and are no longer eligible for the green card. Alam says they are recent arrivals from Bangladesh and should pack up their bags before the Lawaka comes for the green card applications.
When the white cards were withdrawn in April, many Rohingyas in the remote border regions like Kiladong did not receive receipts. This led to fears that they will be deleted from the family list and pushed back over the nearby Bangladesh border. In case of Kiladong, the Aishwaramu confirmed this in statements made over the last few days.
Kiladong is best known as the site of the infamous massacre of January 2014 when a Rakhine mob backed by security forces killed at least 43 Rohingya women and children in a night attack.
Since then, the village remained tensed as security forces hunted down survivors to prevent them from speaking to the media. Many innocent men remain locked up and mercilessly tortured in prison.
Both Alam and Sultan worked closely under the guidance of Aung Zafru, a Rakhine man and a notorious civilian administrator. Zafru is blamed by Rohingyas for lighting the spark of the Kiladong massacre. A week before this massacre took place, Zafru raised tensions by ordering the public beheading of eight Muslim day labourers who had come from outside to work in the area without permission.