Dated: Tuesday, February 17, 2004
An Arakanese Youth Fighting For Life In Hospital
Maungdaw, Feb. 17: An Arakanese Rohingya
youth is fighting for his life in Maungdaw hospital with serious
injury from gun firing by Nasaka (Border Security Force) in Arakan
The youth Mohammed Ismail, 25, son of Deen Mohammed is a professionally
fisherman hailing from Kyauk Chaung (Shill Khali) Village Tract
under Maungdaw Township was fired by Nasaka in front of his family
members with the accusation of link with rebel group, said a family
member to our source.
On February 1, 2004, a section of Nasaka forces accompanied by
some policemen from Nasaka area No. 4 of Maungdaw Township went
to Ismail house and dragged him out of the house. A Nasaka person
then shot Ismail at his head, whereupon he fell on the yard unconscious.
Despite their efforts, the Nasaka could not extract any confession
from the victim, said another relative to our sources preferring
not to cite his name.
On the order of the Nasaka the relatives and villagers took the
victim to the township hospital of Maungdaw for medical treatment.
But, no improvement has been seen and is still in coma, said his
mother in tears.
Similarly, there are many reports of such events, which have been
kept unreported across Arakan State. So, it has become a Field of
Silent Killing,” said Mr. AFK Jilani, the author of Human
Rights Violations in Arakan and Organizing Secretary of the National
League for Democracy (NLD) for Arakan State, now living in exile
in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
“He is very simple and earning money for his family by fishing
in the river and there is no allegation against him about anti-government
activities. Why the Nasaka suddenly accuse him of having link with
insurgent groups without any proper inquiry” said his father
with great sorrow.