Thanbyu Zayat — Village headmen have been told that if fighting breaks out or robbery occurs on their watch along the Thanbyu Zayat-Ye motor road, they will be arrested and thrown in jail for 7 years.
Colonel Khin Maung Cho from the Burma Army Sakakha/Regional Command No. 19 based in Ye Township called a meeting at the Headquarters of Battalion No. 106 in Mawkanin on December 11 to issue the order that village headmen will be held responsible for road security and will be locked up for 7 years if they fail to do so.
A local witness reported that Colonel Khin Maung Cho also instructed the village headmen from Dein Phen, Kanin Kamaw, Aru Taung, Hnit Saok, Bel Lamu and Bay Lamine of Ye and Thanbyu Zayat townships that they have to file a report at least 3 times a week.
“The Burmese authorities have built guard huts to house their security personnel, police and soldiers, on the main road but villagers who live along the motor road are ordered to keep a look out for all types of vehicular traffic or suspicious activity during the day,” a Karen villager reported.
The vehicles are stopped by the soldiers at the guard huts where they ask for cigarettes or a small amount of money.
Local buses travelling along the 50 mile Thanbyu Zayat – Ye motor road have been attacked, robbed, and looted by local gangs. http://www.kaowao.org/index.php