Burma Times Correspondent: April 23, 2015
Two fishermen have been beaten and kept hostage by local Rakhines in Rathedaung.
On Tuesday, Lokman Hakim (42) s/o Dolu Miah and Md Kader (41) s/o Mahmud Ullah went to fish in a river near their village tract of Cinghali.
After some time, a group of Rakhine fishermen stumbled upon them. They began beating up the two Muslims. They were paraded to the Rakhine village and tied up.
Afterwards some Rakhines went to the Muslim village and asked them to come over and rescue the two fishermen. When they went over to the Rakhine settlement, it was claimed that the two Rohingyas were stealing fish from their waters.
It was informed that an amount of 300,000 kyat per person would be required to release them.
After intense negotiations, the amount was fixed at 150,000 kyats per person. The fishermen were released at around 5pm.
In recent days, fishermen and wood collectors have been increasingly targeted by Rakhines and security forces.
Many Rohingyas fear that this is an attempt to deprive them of their primary sources of income and starve them out of Arakan.