In Myanmar’s Rakhine state, body of slaughtered Hindus by Rohingya terrorist are discovered, family members testify the Rohingya terrorist’s brutality
New Light of Myanmar | GNLM, Reuters
The bodies were laid out in rows on a grassy field in Kamaungseik, northern Rakhine State yesterday, as the cries and wails of relatives and friends who came to identify them could be heard.
Myanmar authorities yesterday displayed the bodies of Hindu villagers they say were killed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a Muslim terrorist group that attacked 30 border police outposts on 25 August.
Security forces found 45 Hindu villagers in mass graves in northern Rakhine state this week, many of them with their throats slit or their limbs cut off. Information from a group of Hindu women from Kamaungseik Village who are currently being sheltered in Bangladesh, led to the discovery of the bodies.
“We watched as they tied each person, hands behind their back and also legs … They cut all their throats and pushed them into a pit,” said one of the women, Bina Bala, 22, adding that the women were spared after promising to convert to Islam.
Border guard police were able to find several mass graves. “We informed the border guard force about the information we got from the Hindu women who were abducted to Bangladesh by terrorists and followed the paths based on the information and found the ground where the bodies were buried,” said U Ni Maw, a Hindu from the Yebawkya Village to local and foreign journalists.
A group of reporters was flown yesterday from Yangon to northern Rakhine State to see the bodies laid out on the grass, and to hear from those who found them after information about the massacre filtered back from Hindus who have sought refuge from the violence in Bangladesh.
“We followed the paths based on the information we got from the other side,” police officer Okkar Ko told reporters at the scene.
“We found where the soil wasn’t normal and then when we dug up the ground, the smell came out.”
The latest violence in Rakhine state erupted on 25 August, when ARSA extremist terrorists attacked 30 police posts and an army camp, killing about 12 people.
Hours later, ARSA extremist terrorists came to the Hindu village of Ye Baw Kya, gathered up about 100 people, marched them away through their fields and killed them with knives, the Hindu villagers says. The military response to the terrorist attacks has driven 480,000 Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh, according to the UN and drawn U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing by the army.
Myanmar denies its forces are fighting terrorists ruthlessly. For the government, the proof of the terrorists’ brutality is plain to see, lying in rows by the mass graves just outside the village of Ye Baw Kya.
“This is terrorism,” Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Win Myat Aye, who visited the site on Tuesday, told Reuters.
Some villagers have said the ARSA terrorists suspected Hindus of being on the side of the government and acting as government spies. In late August, Reuters reporters in Bangladesh interviewed a group of Hindu women from the village who said their male loved ones were killed by Rakhine Buddhists.
Three of the same women told Reuters this week that Muslims who brought them to Bangladesh had ordered them to say it was Buddhist vigilantes who had done the killing.
The three – who individually recounted closely matching stories – said that on 25 August,they and about 100 other Hindus were marched by masked men to the area of the mass graves.
They were later able to identify some of the masked men as Muslims, although the women said the men spoke several languages they could not identify, besides the dialect spoken by both Muslims and Hindus in the area. They said the attackers had objected to official identity cards given to Hindus but not Muslims, saying Hindus should not have them. The victims were blindfolded, with their hands tied and had their throats slit, said Kyaw Maung Maung Thien, hospital superintendent in Maungtaw, who examined the bodies. “The evidence points to a massacre by the ARSA terrorists,” he said.
This article was originally appeared in the New Light of Myanmar on September 28
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