Thursday, June 21, 2012
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|Reported by Staff Correspondent Translated and Edited by EMG|
Clashes broke out after Bengali Rohingyas had entered and set fire to Kutaung (Lower) Village in Rathedaung Township of Rakhine State on 19 June, according to the local people.
At about 6 am, some 500 Rohingyas carrying weapons such as rods and swords entered the village and burned the houses of Rakhine nationals. The villagers put out the fire and fought back the Rohingyas, and the clashes claimed 11 lives of Rakhine nationals.
“About 500 Bengali Rohingyas from the Anaukpyin Village set fire to Kutaung Village at about 6 am. As many as 11 Rakhine people were killed as they tried to put out the fire and fought back them. The Rohingyas took along the dead bodies. The army troops arrived at 9 am and asked the Rohingyas to give back the dead bodies, which had not been recovered until afternoon,” said a native of Rathedaung on the phone.
According to the data from state-owned media, the unrest and violence in Rakhine State had left 50 people dead, 58 injured and over 2500 houses destroyed.
The riot-hit Kutaung (Lower) Village is close to Anaukpyin Village mostly inhabited by Bengalis. The incident happened two days after the security forces had ended their deployment.
The deaths were nine from Kutaung Village and two from U Kar Village. Two Bengalis were killed as well. Fifteen villagers were injured and three were admitted to Kyauktaw Hospital. The deaths including two school teachers and a clerk from the village administrative office, said an official of the Rakhine Nationals Development Party (RNDP) who visited the scene.
“Maungdaw and Sittwe have returned to normal. Such an incident should not have happened at a time when rehabilitation tasks are going on. And this is a challenge to the rule of law. In connection with the case, I would like authorities concerned to take action. We don’t want to live in fear and insecurity,” said a local.