Sudden security crackdown
Burma Times Correspondent: February 11, 2015
A tense situation is prevailing in Godusera following crackdown by security forces in the area.
Around 8 pm on Monday, police suddenly arrested cleric of the local mosque Hafez Shofikul in possession of a Bangladesh phone. When locals protested the arrest of the respected man, police fired 30-50 shots in the air and called in reinforcements.
In minutes, convoys of military and BGP arrived at Godusera creating fears of a massacre. Godusera is adjacent to Kiladong (Du Char Yar Taan) the infamous massacre site of 2014 where scores of men, women and children were killed by a Rakhine mob, backed by security forces.
A Rakhine mob armed with sticks and long knives also started to gather in the outskirts of Godusera creating further panic and an exodus of Rohingya families from the region. Many of them participated in last year’s killing of Muslim civilians.
However by midnight, the situation calmed down as security forces began leaving the area. In the meantime they ransacked property at random.
The arrested cleric Shofikul has been subjected to brutal torture.
Security forces have also made some other arrests in the area.
Although many families have returned to the area, there are fears of a Kiladong style massacre.