(Sittwe, 17 July 2013) : A fugitive Muslim leader was arrested by the police on Monday from his residence at Thetkalpyin village in Sittwe Township of Arakan. The local police source revealed that U Kyaw Hla Aung was arrested following a tip-off by the residents of his village.
The operation was led by the Sittwe district police chief. Now the interrogation with U Kyaw Hla Aung is going on in the police station no 1 in Sittwe, added the police source.
U Kyaw Hla Aung is accused of attacking Burmese government officials on duty few months back. He is suspected of instigating some Muslim refugees to attack few immigration officials who went to record data about the families taking refuge in the camps.
The incident took place in April this year where the immigration officials faced assault from the refugees of Thetkalpyin IDP camp in Sittwe. The officials were on duty to register the family lists under a regional census.
The Muslim refugees claimed that the immigration officers forced them to register as ‘Bengali’ (meaning people living in Bangladesh or West Bengal province of India), but they refused to buy it. Finally the situation turned bad to worse and the refugees attacked the Burmese officials by sticks and brickbats.
Few immigration officials sustained severe injuries and they were taken to Sittwe general hospital for treatment.
The police accused and arrested fifteen Muslim individuals including U Kyaw Myint and his U Hla Myint from the village. But the main culprit U Kyaw Hla Aung escaped the police actions and fled.
The police source disclosed that U Kyaw Hla Aung is a former AZG worker and he was arrested in June 2012 for his involvement in the sectarian violence that broke in Arakan, but he could get amnesty form the Burmese President few months later.
( Dhaka, 15 July 2013) : The Indonesian police have arrested 62 asylum seekers from Burma, Bangladesh and Nepal. A police patrol of the island nation caught 18 Burmese along with 41 asylum seekers from Bangladesh and three from Nepal on Friday while they were travelling by a boat in the Indonesian cost.
The immigration official source said that the arrests were made following a tip-off from the local Indonesian residents who observed the boat plying in the coast of Karawang of west Jeva.
Soon the officials searched them and found that their boat was leaking that compelled them for stranding adrift on the Karawang shore.
Besides the 62 asylum seekers, the police also arrested two Indonesian crewmen along with them. Later they were taken to Karawang immigration office for interrogation, said a local media report. It also added that all the 62 foreign nationals were finally taken to Bogor in west Jeva and put them in the detention camp
Myanmar will soon lift the state of emergency imposed in four Meikhtila townships since last March following religious violence that erupted in March this year, according to a message from President Thein Sein sent to Parliament on Tuesday.
“Meikhtila, Mahlaing, Wantwin and Tharsi Townships in Meikhtila District are now stable and peaceful, and therefore the state of emergency will be withdrawn on July 20,” President Thein Sein said in his message.
The violence firstly erupted from a dispute between a gold shop owner and customers in Meikhtila Township on March 20. As the aggression escalated riots broke out nearby in which 43 people were killed and another 13,000 displaced according to reports. The government imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew after a 60-day state of emergency was announced on March 22.
During a recent tour of the UK, the president also promised a zero-tolerance approach to those found inciting religious hatred.
On May 20 the state of emergency was extended for another 60 days as the situation was still tense in the region. The 60-day extension will end on July 19 a day before the government aims to withdraw the state of emergency.