Burma Times Correspondent: March 10, 2015
Around forty policemen suddenly appeared in Kiladong, at around 2.30 pm on Monday, according to our local correspondent.
The policemen did not arrest or even talk to any of the local residents. They just took positions in front of Muslim houses, looked at them for some time, talked among themselves and went away discussing between themselves.
They repeated these movements all the way to the nearby village of Godusera and left as suddenly as they had come.
The sudden arrival of the policemen and their mysterious movements have fuelled tensions in the area. Many of the villagers did not sleep inside their houses in the night following a crackdown.
The incident follows the shooting of a Rohingya Muslim man a day earlier. Foyez Ullah was shot by Rakhine cadres as he saved his son from being murdered by them.
Kiladong is also the site of one of the deadliest violence in recent times. In 2014, a Rakhine mob backed by security forces murdered scores of Muslim villagers, especially women and children. In the aftermath of the killings, the government cordoned off the area and cracked down on survivors to prevent them giving information to international media and NGOs.
Even recently, many villagers from Kiladong has been arrested and tortured by security forces.
Altogether, tensions are high in this remote area of Maugndaw.