New Delhi, Sept 26: While in India the seculars, human right propagandists and minority vote bank conscious political leaders are batting for the cause of Rohingya Muslims who had sneaked into India illegally, the Myanmar security forces have unearthed bodies of 45 Hindus who were allegedly slaughtered by the same Rohingyas.
According to a news report published in www.irrawaddy.com, the Myanmar security forces found these bodies that included bodies of six children near Ye Baw Kya village in northern Maungdaw township of Rakhine state.
A statement issued by the Myanmar government’s Information Committee and supported by the reports from a Hindu Community leder confirmed this news of gory massacre of Hindus in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The Myanmar government’s statement — based on Hindu community leader U Ni Mal’s testimony — on Sunday said members of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) arrested some 100 men and women from several Hindu villages in Kha Maung Seik village tract on August 25 and killed the majority of abductees.
U Ni Mal told The Irrawaddy Monday afternoon after he and villagers assisted security forces in searching for additional burial sites.
The community leader claimed the 45 deceased were brutally killed and some were beheaded or had their throats slit. Among the bodies were 20 women, 19 men, and six children. A mass grave of 28 was found of Sunday, with 17 discovered on Monday afternoon.
Twenty eight bodies were unearthed in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw Township on September 24.
U Ni Mal said that the Hindu community had verbally and officially requested that authorities and Arakan National Party lawmakers look into the deaths, but that there were delays due to security concerns.
The UN estimates that some 500 Hindus fled to Bangladesh after Muslim militants attacked border police posts on August 25 and resulting Myanmar Army security clearance operations have followed. The refugees are sheltering in makeshift camps on the Bangladesh border alongside the UN-estimated 420,000 self-identifying Rohingya Muslims.
U Ni Mal expressed that the Hindu community “wants justice” for these attacks.
Some 30,000 Hindus and Buddhists in Maungdaw were also displaced to other areas in Rakhine State after military clearance operations began following Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacks on border police posts.
During a visit by The Irrawaddy’s reporter in early September, some Hindus expressed that they would no longer live alongside Muslims in Maungdaw if the government planned to relocate them.
“We are not comfortable living alongside them anymore,” said U Ni Mal.