Burma Times Correspondent: May 2015
Police arrested and assaulted two Rohingya Muslims for entering Kyauktaw town on Saturday.
As the two Rohingyas entered the main part of the town, police came to them and told them they were breaking the law as no Muslims are allowed to come to this part.
A Rakhine man in their company, the Aishwaramu of Gabu Para, Wa Thai Maung came forward and said that the Muslims had accompanied him to the town. The police asked him if he was unaware of the laws that prohibited Muslims from travelling to Kyauktaw without permission.
The Aishwaramu insisted that the two men were innocent but police proceeded to arrest and take them to custody. They were told that unless they came up with an enormous sum of 2.1 million kyats, they would be tortured and sentenced to long term imprisonments.
The Rakhine man was also asked to pay 800,000 kyats. Without the total amount, the police threatened to jail the Muslims. The Rakhine man then paid the money and the prisoners were released.
Many Rohingya Muslims have been sentenced to up to five years and some even killed by nationalists for traveling outside their designated zones.