Arakan village chief robbed at gunpoint

Dhaka (Mizzima) – Armed men disguised as border security officers raided the home of a village chairman in Arakan State late last Saturday, holding he and his family at gunpoint while robbing them of money and gold, the victim told Mizzima.

Tun Aye Maung, chairman of the Village Peace and Development Council of Thayakoak Village, Maungdaw Township, said about 20 men arrived at his home at about 10 p.m. on May 8 posing as border security force officers (Na Sa Ka) checking for unreported overnight house guests.

Upon being admitted, the men brandished guns and forced Tun Aye Maung’s wife to reveal the family’s hiding places for valuables. They took four million Kyats (about US$4,000) and some gold, the village chairman told Mizzima by phone.

“The robbers beat my wife and told her to show them where we kept our valuables, so she took them to where the money and gold were hidden. Although neighbours could hear [the commotion], they were afraid to follow and catch the robbers”, Tun Aye Maung said.

Although the family informed the local headquarters of the border security force, there were no clues as to the identities or whereabouts of the culprits, sources said. Continue reading “Arakan village chief robbed at gunpoint”