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May 27, 2020

Local staff found guilty in sharing rice ration of IDPs to AA

A combined team of security forces and local authorities confiscated 150 rice bags carried by a clerk of Nyaungchaung village-tract and 14 young people on a truck which was heading to Thayettapin village from Kyauktaw Township on 4 April.
The Office of Commander in Chief of Defence Services reported that the bags were taken for the internally displaced persons at Nyaungchaung camp from Kyauktaw Township Administration Office which is sharing the rice for the IDP camp every month.
Former local administrator U Than Aye was reportedly asked to local clerk U Ohn Naing, aged 55, to take out the rice.
However, only two-third of the rations went to the camp, and one-third of them were sent to the AA group.
According to investigations, about five members of AA group went to the IDP camp with the former local administrator and instigated the persons there, saying that they were not the IDPs, but just the revolutionaries.
U Ohn Naing failed to report this case to the authorities although he was responsible for doing so as a civil service staff, even helping in it.
Out of 14 suspected young people, Kyaw Kyaw Naing said he raised funds for the AA from the migrant workers in Thailand based on racial motivation while he was working there in 2014 as he was organized by an AA member, namely Kyaw Gyi.
In 2018, Kyaw Kyaw Naing also collected funds for AA from Rakhine communities through WeChat. He arrived back to Rakhine State in February this year amid the outbreak of COVID-19.
While he was taking shelter at the Nyaungchaung IDP camp, he helped U Ohn Naing in carrying the rice bags.
Further investigations showed that 7 young men, out of the 14 suspects, got basic military trainings from the AA at the forest camps in 2019 and 2020.
The remaining young men were said to be threatened by U Ohn Naing for carrying the rice bags on that day.
The report also said that legal actions are being taking against them.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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