Rathidaung BGP commander regularly burns beards of Muslim prisoners
Burma Times Correspondent: March 19, 2015
There are fears that six people arrested in Zidi Farang, Rathidaung have been killed in custody, according to our local correspondent.
Villagers raised the alarm after police claimed on Monday that the men arrested earlier have escaped, something of an anomaly amidst the stringent security measures adopted in this part of the country.
Four of the men from nearby Rajar Bil were arrested for encouraging fellow villagers to boycott the census as it required Rohingyas to identify themselves as Bengalis. They have been identified as Yusuf (52), s/o Syed Ahmed, Md Ali (42), s/o Hafez Ahmed, Iman Hossain (42) s/o Faruk Ahmed and Abdus Salam (48) s/o Md Sultan.
The two other men whose identities could not be confirmed are Tabligh-e-Jamat members from Maungdaw. They were arrested for not taking proper permission to travel from Maungdaw to Rathidaung. They were brutally tortured in custody and one of them had his beard burned.
Arrests were made by a BGP Deputy Commander identified as U Tin Aung Kyaw. His soldiers killed a 14 year old girl recently during census in Rajar Bil. One of his favourite torture methods is to burn the beards of his prisoners, especially those refusing to register as Bengalis.