Dated: March 07, 2004
How a Cattle Trader Becomes a Terrorist!
SPDC Authority Sentenced a Cattle Trader a 7-Year Jail Sentence
Ann, March 07: A cattle trader was sentenced to 7-year imprisonment
for suspecting of terrorist by a speedy tribunal without proper
trial in Ann township of Arakan State, said a detainee released
from Nasaka detention center.
On 27th January 2004, one Rohingya man named Sultan, 39, son of
Motiur Rhaman, a cattle trader by profession hailing from Phone
Nyo Lake (Hpon Myar Li) village of Buthidaung Township in Arakan
State, accompanied by 3 other Rakhaings from Ze Di Taung village
of Buthidaung Township went to Ann Township to purchase cattle.
After reaching there on 29th January, 3 other Rakhaing men from
Ann Township were also joined with them for cattle business, he
Altogether, they bought 23 cattle, of them 10 were for Buthidaung
city dwellers and the rest 13 were for Ann resident. After completing
their works in Ann Township, they left for Buthidaung by roadway
together with carrying their cattle. However, the Nasaka camp of
No. 25 of Ann Township caught them while they were on the way to
Buthidaung. In that case, they were carried to the Nasaka camp and
detained there, said another detainee in Ann Nasaka camp.
The next day, after interrogations, 3 Rakhaing men from Ann Township
were set free together with their 13 cattle while 4 other of Buthidaung
Township dwellers were continued detained, said the victim’s
On 6th February 2004, on hearing the news, the relatives and parents
of detained persons rushed to the Ann township and the rest 3 Rakaing
men of Buthidaung inhabitant were also released with their 4 cattle
on 7th February after paying a bribe of Kyat 100,000/-to the concerned
authority of Nasaka camp No.25. Nevertheless, the said Sultan was
not free though his father bribed the concerned authority Kyat 40,000/-.
The Nasaka, also seized his six cattle, the source more added.
However, on 13th February, from Nasaka detention center, the trader
Sultan was sent to the police camp. The same day, he was brought
to the court of Ann Town and it sentenced him abruptly a 7-year
jail chastisement for purportedly accusing him a terrorist without
“It is quite clear that the ruling military junta plays
“divide and rule policy” between two sister communities.
How is a cattle trader becomes a terrorist. It is an extreme dislike
policy towards Rohingya people in Arakan State,” said the
father of the victim.
Most of the cattle in Bangladesh come from Ann, Mrauk-U, Kyauktaw,
Myebon, Rambree, Kyaukpyu, Taungup and Gwa Townships of Arakan State
by way of roadway and waterway.