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February 09, 2022

On 7th of February, an accidental fire broke out at a house belonged to a poor Rohingya family in North of Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State and BGP, who didn’t help extinguish the blaze despite being informed in time, Β are busy to arrest the owner to torture and extort money, locals report.

It was 7th of February. In the afternoon, at 1:20 pm, a fire broke out in the house of Muhammad Taher, 26, son of Sayeed Hussein who lives in the eastern part of Kyek Roe Pyin Village, northern Maungdaw.

And hoping to get help, many people from the locality immediately informed the Border Guard Police (BGP) stations in the nearer area of the situation.

However, police from Yemyak Taung BGP Station; Branch No.2, BGP station and Ngen Chaung BGP Station arrived at the spot in time but tried to arrest the homeless man instead of trying to put out the fire, locals added.

A relative of the victim said, β€œBGP are now seeking his family members to arrest and torture them too.”

It is reported that the house that was destroyed by the fire was built with thatched roof and bamboo wall and the whole house was destroyed by fire within 30 minutes.

β€œThe owner of the house, Muhammad Taher, is an odd job doer and is very poor,” said a cousin of the victim.

Locals then said it is disgusting that the Burmese government is now trying to arrest the victim and his family instead of providing them with humanitarian aid.

Reported By: Maung Wunna

Editor: Md. Shuaib