The common Rakhine public denounced the incident
saying that the navy people intentionally did it to create food shortages in
The military council has already closed all the major
roads and waterways in Rakhine State and hence it becomes difficult to bring
any product from Burma proper.
"Everyone suspects that the navy personnel
deliberately fired the shells. The concerned market has a big reserve of food
items. Stores around the ancient port road and on east side of Aye Zaydi pagoda
caught fire as a result of the shell explosion,” said a local resident.
The market also comprised shops of beauty products,
consumer goods, electronic items, clothes, shoes, groceries, etc and most of
the shops were burned down.
"The old market area faced more damage. However,
the vegetable shops were safe," added the resident.
The total value of damages is yet to be estimated,
said a ward head of Ponna Kyunt locality.
some said it will be worth Kyat 1,000,000,” he added while talking to Narinjara
The market caught fire at around 2:30 pm on Friday as
a heavy shell, fired by the navy personnel, exploded inside it.
A food stall owner in the market informed Narinjara
News that he had to lose hundreds of thousands of Kyats in the fire.
"I have lost about Kyats 10,00,000 as damages.
There is nothing left for me. Everything turns into ashes,” he lamented.
Since 13 November as the gun fighting broke out in
Rakhine State, most of the markets remained closed. Some were open for a few
hours only, said a shop owner.
“I had two stalls of
various goods. My damage will be around
lakh. I do not know how I will start my business again,” he added.
Regarding the matter, the State fire department and Ponna Kyunt township fire officers
were contacted, but no details were made available.
The fire was finally put out by the township fire
fighters with the help from local residents. General Zaw Min Tun, head of the
military council's information bureau presented a false report through the
military-run television channels last night that the market fire was an