Two Chin Girls Hunted Down in Connection with Burma Army Deserters
01 April 2011: The military authorities in Tonzang Township of Chin State have been searching for two Chin girls who were suspected of guiding the two army deserters to run away from the military training camp in Fartlang village in Tedim Township, Chin Human Rights Organisation’s source disclosed.
Section Commander Captain Aung Win Hteik, of Burma army Light Infrantry Battalion (LIB) No. 266 stationed in Darkhai village in Tonzang Township was said to have ordered Sergeant Aung Ngwe and seven soldiers to visit Fartlang village in search of Ms Ding Lam Cin, 14, and Ms Biak Lun, 15, on 16 March 2011.
“The soldiers came to the village, looking for the girls. We heard that the girls were suspected to be responsible for those two soldiers who left the military training in January 2011,” said a local villager, whose name is kept anonymous.
The two girls fled their native village into Mizoram State of India as the Section Commander gave an order to arrest and take them to a military camp in Darkhai village, according to the local.
On 15 January this year, Maung Pyi Sung Oo, 18, and Maung Khup Hlei Mang, 19, both from Burma Army LIB No. 266 deserted the military training camp in Fartlang village.
Sergeant Aung Ngwe forced locals villagers in Fartlang to search for the two deserters and to keep guard of all the surrounding roads throughout the whole night and day on 15 and 16 January 2011.
Van Biak Thang