Burma Times Correspondent: May 15, 2015
Security forces continue to inflict inhumane torture on an innocent man arrested for murdering pro regime collaborator Md Sultan Ahmed.
Sources say that due to torture, Lalaiya has broken down completely. Merciless torture by the regime forces is common in Arakan where scores of prisoners have died in custody since 2012. His relatives say that unless the torture stops, Laliaya will likely die.
Burmese security forces are however well versed in the arts of torture. They have also convinced Lalaiya to confess his crimes in front of camera. The arrested man looked to have lost the feelings of a human being and wandered like a mad man when he was brought to make a confessional statement in Kiladong, say locals.
Earlier four men from Kiladong tortured in custody confessed on camera to killing a policeman. Abdu Monaf, Md Tahar, Md Ayou and Zohur Hossain were subjected to brutal torture in custody that included medieval torture techniques.
Meanwhile police are looking for two other men wanted in connection with the murder of Sultan. One of them is Md Harun, pointed out by Sultan’s wife as being one of the possible assailants. Villagers however say that Harun was not on the spot when the murder was committed.
The other wanted man Abu Bakr Siddiky has been identified as a small time thief who lacks the mettle for such a serious act of violence, according to locals.
All Kiladong men have fled the village fearing arrest and torture by security forces in the immediate aftermath of the sensational murder. A few days ago, the young women also fled fearing a repeat of the infamous massacre of January 2014.
Generally in these circumstances, only the men flee but in one such instance, a Rakhine mob backed by security forces massacred scores of women and children in this village when they could not find the men folk. Although such an incident is unlikely to happen as the international media is focused on the Rohingya plight amidst the discovery of mass graves in Thailand, Kiladong women say the security forces will likely commit sexual abuse on them when they fail to locate the men.