U Khin Maung Hla and U Kyaw Naing (Photo - Aung Thoung Shwe)

Cha Lu Aung | DMG
21 December, Buthidaung

Two men from Hpa Wut Chaung village in Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township were detained last week by a military column near Thone Se Ta Bone Pagoda in neighboring Buthidaung Township, family members said.

U Khin Maung Hla and U Kyaw Naing were taken into custody on the morning of 19 December at about 6 a.m., on the way to see their daughters who are studying in Rathedaung Township, a family member said.

Hpa Wut Chaung village administrator U Tun Tun Win said he had received a phone call from a military officer asking if the two men were from the village. U Tun Tun Win added that he received no response when he asked where the two men were being detained.

Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Aung Thaung Shwe for Buthidaung Township said he had arranged to present the two men’s case to relevant authorities to ease the worries of their family members.

DMG phoned Colonel Win Zaw Oo, spokesperson for the Tatmadaw’s Western Command, to ask about the two villagers’ detention, but he could not be reached.

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