Burma Times Correspondent: July 12, 2015
A shopkeeper has been arrested and tortured by police in the remote
village of Fansi of Buthidaung.
On Friday, Md Rafique a shopkeeper in the area was going to a market town when police asked for his permission paper. Under the laws of Arakan state, Rohingya Muslims are forbidden to move from one area to another without permission.
Rafique showed them the permission, but the policemen said this was not enough and he needed to pay money to the police. Rafique protested that he was a poor shopkeeper and did not have the means to pay them. The police told Rafique they understood his problems, and even wished him a safe journey. But he needed to complete some formalities and asked him to come to the station, said the police.
As soon as Rafique was inside the police base, he was taken prisoner and severely tortured.
He has been continuously tortured in the last two days and has not yet been released.