Burma Times Correspondent: August 16, 2015
Tabbe Sawdeya Oo is in a critical condition but still alive after receiving gun shot wounds on Friday.
According to sources, Sawdeya was still pulling through and under the protection of police and Hlun Htein in Maugdaw till Sunday. His exact whereabouts are unknown but he is known to have communicated with his relatives in Hashurata.
Sawdeya was shot by unknown assailants on Friday at around 8.15 pm. Since then there has been much speculation about who shot at him.
It is still too early to confirm the circumstances that led to his shooting. But Sawdeya was well involved in the dealings with international mafia dons. Under his reign of terror, Hashuarata became a human trafficking hot spot where young men disappeared at night and turned up in the now infamous jungle camps of Thailand. Sawdeeya and his henchmen under the protection of administrators and security forces had also turned the coastal village tract into one of the main transit points for the boat people in the Maungdaw region.
The ill famed tabbe also raped many young women and turned them to security forces for the same criminal act to be performed. Under the reign of Sawdeeya, most of the young women had fled this area and gone into Bangladesh to avoid persecution.
Meanwhile, there are reports that Maung Thein Naing, a Rakhine village administrator and senior partner of Sawdeeya is mobilising his henchmen for attacks on Rohingya villagers in the area. Naing is despised as the senior partner of the tabbe and villagers fear his sadistic cruelty will be unleashed on the general populace in the area though they have no established links with the attackers.