About 100 military and
police deserters were taken from the prison in Sittwe of
Rakhine State for deploying
them in military duties, said
a person close to the prison authority.
They were taken by the military vehicles by noon on Thursday.
"The deserted prisoners were
taken away for engaging in military
services again," he added.
Among them, there
are individuals who were serving life
sentences for seriuos crimes like
rape. Some were even sentenced to
been seemingly promised of amnesty if they
join the military activities. The deserters are understood to be
transported to 20th infantry battalion in Sittwe.
"As the junta
forces are facing scarcity of armed personnel, they may deploy
these individuals," said a local resident.
The Sittwe prison currently
gives shelter to nearly 2,000 inmates.
On 3 December,
the military council
announced that the deserters who
wish to return would be
re-engaged in regular services.