Myanmar police have detained 11 ethnic Rakhines including the chairman of the Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP) for Thandwe Township on October 2 and 3, after a spate of attacks in Rakhine State.
Saw Hlaing, also known as Maung Pu, the RNDP chairperson for the riot-hit Thandwe Township, was detained by police along with another 5 ethnic Rakhines belonging to an organisation aimed at safeguarding race and religion.
The party has said no one knows where the detainees are being held.
The police detained 5 more Rakhine ethnics on suspicion being connected to the violence that happened last week in the area, killing 6 people – including a 60-year-old grandmother – and injuring 4.
“The police did not have the arrest warrant and the detainees can be held only up to 24 hours according to the Constitution,” said Upper House MP Dr Aye Maung, chairperson of the RNDP.
“The police took a total of six people including Maung Pu and those from other organisation at 11pm on October 2. Our party accepts that the police can keep them for interrogation within 24 hours according to the Constitution,” said Dr Aye Maung, chairperson of the RNDP.