- Web Master
- February 26, 2024
The junta forces have arrested around 70 residents
once again from Sittwe, the capital city of Rakhine State, after intensifying
security measures across the region.
According to an eyewitness, a group of soldiers
conducted an extensive search among the pedestrians at the Set Yoe Kya
road intersection between 6 to 9 am on 4 January. They also detained some
rice-grain carrying vehicles along with local residents.
"The soldiers checked all three & two
wheelers along with rice-grain carrying vehicles as well as many individuals
under suspicion. I saw some boatmen and pedestrians were picked up by the
soldiers," added the individual.
A local resident informed that at around 3:30 am on Friday, over 30 workers, heading to their work places near the creek- known as Kalar Chaung, were arrested.
"Over 30 individuals from Byine Phyu and Shwe Pyi
Thar villages were detained near Kalar Chaung,” added the resident.
Similarly, 40 vegetable vendors and other workers from
Sittwe Myoma market were detained in addition to seizing a fishing boat from
"Around 40 people, including vegetable vendors
and workers carrying fish, were arrested. At about 3 am, the navy used machine
guns to fire over the fish-selling boats near the Pwel Kyit mountain. A boat
from Soe Mel Kyi village was also seized by the security personnel. It was then
kept alongside other captured boats near Ah Deik Htan pagoda. I saw many
packages of dried fishes from the boat were loaded in a car," added
Some of the individuals, arrested by the soldiers,
were later freed after paying MMK 300,000 to 1,000,000.
"I cannot confirm the exact count of those
released. They were apprehended without any valid reason. Now the soldiers are
seeking money from the poor civilians,” he asserted.
Some other residents were also arrested and later
released after receiving money. However, the exact number of those released
In a statement issued by Three Brotherhood Alliance (MNDAA, TNLA and AA) on 4 January, it was mentioned that over 60 civilians were arrested from Sittwe locality.
Narinjara News tried to authenticate the information
from Rakhine State security & border affairs minister colonel Kyaw
Thura and State military council spokesperson U Hla Thein, but failed.
In recent days, many individuals have been arrested
from Sittwe locality and currently over 100 residents are in