Burma Times Correspondent: March 15, 2015
There is much fear and speculation among villagers in Taimbru, Maundaw North concerning a huge fire that broke out on the Bangladeshi side of the border, according to our correspondent.
On Tuesday night, a huge fire swept across pillar number 39, 40 and 41, destroying property and burning some Bangladeshi men.
A fortnight ago, military personnal suddenly flooded the area on the pretext that elephants had come down in the area. They then claimed that militants had driven the elephants from their natural habitats. For this they arbitrarily arrested seven Rohingyas and tortured them for concealing information.
During the torture, they also pointed out to pillar 40, saying that militants were hiding in the area protected by the vegetation.
Now the fire in those areas where military suspects that militants have been hiding has given rise to suspicions that they might have wanted the area cleared of vegetation so that militants cannot use it as a cover anymore. Such views have not been confirmed. Recent operations by the security forces in the area have created an overall atmosphere of fear and suspicion.