Burma Times Correspondent: October 19, 2015
Tensions have increased in Kyauktaw following the discovery of a corpse from Apak Khal leading gangs to intensify their presence in the roads leading to Rohingya villages in the area.
While the corpse was too badly mutilated to be identified as a Rakhine or a Rohingya, influential Rakhine community leaders are saying the corpse belongs to the man who has missing after visiting a Rohingya area last Sunday.
Our sources contradict this claim pointing out the supposedly missing Rakhine man turned up in Kyauktaw town on Tuesday. Also they say the area of Mainkya para and Nujhum para from where the Rakhine man went missing is too far situated from Apak Khal and the likelihood of a dead body turning up at such a great distance is extremely unlikely.
However Rakhine leaders later managed to convince many people that the corpse was recovered from near Kyauktaw town and not Apak Khal. This has led many to believe that Rohingyas in Nijhum para and Mainkya para had killed a Rakhine man.
Earlier there were allegations the Rakhine man, along with a friend have been killed and buried in a Muslim graveyard.
In the past few days, many Rakhine gangs numbering hundreds of people armed with sharp weapons have taken up positions near Rohingya villages. As a result of the siege, locals fear an immediate massacre.
Security forces meanwhile raided different Kyauktaw villages and made a list of Rohingyas who had supposedly assisted in the murder and cover up. Most of the Rohingyas who made it to the police list are the more educated community members known for their commitment to social work.