Burma Times Correspondent: February 28, 2015
The seven people arrested last Friday at Taimru, Maungdaw have been tortured by the military on charges of not informing on militants, according to our local correspondent.
The military entered Taimru last week following a sudden incursion of wild elephants into human territory. The arrival of the military scared the local populace who fled to the nearby hills.
Three of the arrested have been identified as Hala Shuna (45), s/o Abdul Karim, his brother Abdus Safar (38) and Shafiullah s/o Noor Islam. The identities of the four others could not be confirmed.
The military tortured the prisoners during the night. They said that the elephants were scared away from their habitats because there were militants hiding in the wild. The villagers were therefore guilty of hiding militants, said the military.
The elephants had also destroyed the fences on the Bangladesh border. The seven men later released were given the responsibility of making the necessary repairs.