Gold traders in Shwe-Bon-Tha Street (Mogul Street) were in miserable wretched situation for time being. It was begun as Police (CID) arrested well known and experience trader U Soe Tint, who knows all colleagues in his surroundings.
According to the Burmese law, if thief arrested say that he sold the stolen goods to so and so buyer, then police have a right to arrest the buyer without another prove. Then the buyer either repays the amount claimed by thief or otherwise end up in jail. Most of the buyer repays without argument as present day Burmese jurisdiction system is totally unreliable and corrupted with excessive torture and inhuman treatment are added up by police and government authority. Accused buyer normally sell all personal belonging plus borrowing from loan shark to settle the case.
U Soe Tint was ready to settle the case as mentioned above but he is not released in time as expected. Furthermore, many others gold traders in same surrounding followed the same path of where U Soe Tint was gone. They were accused of buying vast amount of gold from illegal channel so they have no choice but to repay. In their investigation and enquiry process, their colleague U Soe Tint was presented in the venue with handcuffed and obvious sign of badly beaten and tortured.
All traders understand the meaning of showing U Soe Tint as a signal for them to be suffered the same if not co-operated. Only strange coincident is that all accused traders are quite well to do and able to repay with none of them will ever dare to go to jail. They all unhappy for aberrantly collecting fund in that way but they have no other choice in unlawful country of present day Burma. Even one respectable Chairman U Win Myint of Shwe-Bon-Thar gold market association was included in that bizarre case.
At the same time, reliable source said that the gold from Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the most reverence and miraculous symbol for all Buddhist, was taken away together with most of the donations money. All that looted to be used in Pagoda built in Nay-Pyi-Taw by most obnoxious Than Shwe. Shwe Dagon Pagoda is not alone but all famous Pagodas around the Burma were in the same deal. Than Shwe’s Pagoda in Nay-Pyi-Taw was in shortage of funds as no one donates there in genuine faith of generosity. Donations collected there were from fearful people intimidated by authority to contribute by force or from opportunists expecting the favors of authority to get government’s contracts etc. People’s donations for many famous and glorious religious establishments around the Burma drive obnoxious Than Shwe into strong resentment and he is not afraid of consequences thus order his followers to destroy other people donation and embezzle the properties belong to Buddhist institutions.
Amid embezzlement of Pagodas and religious institutions, Than Shwe and gangs swindle the money from Shwe-Bon-Tha Street gold traders. That was based on the greed and occult practice advised by witchcraft call (Ya-dra). Most of the traders in Shwe-Bon-Thar Street were in horror of demolishing their families’ lifetime saving for Than Shwe’s religious belief.
(Reported by Insider)