26 people released, including 16 arrested in Ah Ley Kyunt, Ann township

Tun Khaing (Taung Yin Kyun)

Narinjara News, 27 May 2020

26 people have been released by the Tatmadaw according to local residents who spoke with Narinjara.  Amongst them include 16 who are from Ah Ley Kyunt in Ann township.

Ko Hnget Pyaw Gyi, arrested while fishing and from Ah Ley Khun on May 17 and was among those released.

“They arrested me and held me for about five days.  They asked me if there was AA in the village.  They mainly asked about the AA.  They didn’t really ask about anything else” he said.

Ko Hnget Pyaw Gyi was arrested by the military at noon on May 17 while fishing from a boat.  On May 18, 14 people who were searching for him were also arrested by the military.

Ah Ley Kyun village administrator U Kin Maung Win said “I am pleased.  I am pleased to know that they were not beaten or tortured and have been released.  None of them show any signs that they have been tortured or ill-treated, and we are really happy to see them come back”.

The released include 15 men from Ah Ley Kyun, 3 men from Za Ra Kwin, one man and one woman from Pyaing Kone, two men from Ah Nauk Ywar, two men from Shan Kone, and one man and one woman from Leik Kone, U Kin Maung Win said.

U Kyaw Maung from Ah Ley Kyun was amongst those released. “They asked us if the AA were in our village. They asked if the AA collected taxes from us.  They told us we were not to go to where they are based” he said.

Fighting frequently takes place in Da Let, Ann township.  Shelling has taken place close to many villages in the Da Let area.  As a result many people have fled to seek shelter in Ann and Kan Taung Gyi towns.