Burma Times Correspondent: July 12, 2015
Two lumberjacks have received life-threatening injuries after an assault by Rakhine miscreants and police in Godusera, Maungdaw South.
On Thursday, Ramadan Ali (37) and Enayet Ullah (34) were coming back from the forests at around 3pm when four Rakhine men and two police personal intercepted them in front of a fountain. The four Rakhines assaulted the lumberjacks while the policemen encouraged them on.
On hearing their shouts, a few boys grazing their cattle in the distance rushed to the scene and witnessed the incident. The boys wan back to Godusera and reported the occurrence.
Villagers then rushed to the spot and saw the two Rohingyas being taken by the police to their base. On enquiry, the police claimed that they were chopping wood from forests belonging to Rakhines and had received the punishment for their crimes.
At around 4.30 pm, the police however agreed to release them after a payment of 450,000 kyats.
Families of the victims say they have received serious injuries in the back and might never recover from their wounds
Collecting wood is one of the main occupations for Rohingya villagers but Rakhine miscreants and police have cracked down on this profession in a bid to prevent one of the last sources of livelihood.
Many lumberjacks have been arrested in Godusera alone in the past few months. One man named Kabir Ahmed has been tortured continuously for one and a half months and is yet to be released. See http://burmatimes.net/godusera-man-faces-daily-torture-in-prison/
Starving the Rohingyas out of the country has been a government policy since the riots of 2012.