The Special Intelligent Agent authority arrested four National League for Democracy (NLD) members at Lawkanandar Pagoda, on March 10, around 8:30 pm, a local devotee from Akyab said.

On the evening of March 10, four youths from NLD, with flower bouquets in their hands had gone to the Lawkanandar Pagoda to pray. They stayed in the Pagoda for about 15 minutes and prayed for the release of Daw Aung San Su Kyi and other political prisoners, a close friend of theirs said.

“They were praying peacefully in front of the Pagoda, but unexpectedly plainclothes Special Intelligent Agent members came and arrested them,” a devotee said.

“There was a little tension between the plainclothes authority and the youths together with some devotees, but, the authorities successfully arrested the youths from the Pagoda,” the devotee added.

The plain clothes agents were from No. 1 special branch of Akyab, who were invited by the youths to visit the Pagoda for prayers for the release of political prisoners and Daw Su Kyi. The youths did not know the plain clothes agents, and asked them to join the prayers, the friend said.

The arrested youths have been identified as Hla Shwe (19) and Kyaw Ba aka Aung Myint, both of whom hailed from the stadium area, Aung Htun Laung (30), who hailed from Mingan ,Kyaw Zaw (28), who hailed from Sanpya quarter of Akyab.

A monk, from Tawra Monastery, was also arrested along with the NLD youths, said a devotee.

All of them are still in the custody of the agency and no one is certain of what will happen to them.

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