Burma Times Correspondent:
Traffickers told Rohingya Muslims in Kyauktaw that they have killed two of their relatives.
For the past week, villagers in Kyauktaw have been in constant negotiations with a human trafficking ring to secure the freedom of their relatives.
About two months ago, 12 men left Kyauktaw for Malaysia in the company of human traffickers. Last week, the traffickers contacted their relatives and said they were in Thailand and demanded money for their release.
The traffickers are driving a hard bargain and every time the villagers try to prolong negotiations, they hang up.
Then on Sunday, as a punishment for prolonging negotiations, they said they killed two of their prisoners. The same fate is reserved for the 10 other prisoners unless ransom is paid quickly.
The trafficking ring is led by Sadek and Al Johar from Maungdaw and Hamid and Zubair from Kyauktaw.
News of the death has driven the parents of the victims mad with grief.
Villagers are now looking for ways to end the hostage crisis as fast as possible.