Soldiers Forced Villagers to Carry Military Rations
23 July 2011: Four locals from Haimual village in Falam Township, Chin State were ordered as porters to carry the military rations by soldiers from Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 269 based in Tibual late last month, according to Chin Human Rights Organization‘s sources.
Burma Army soldiers forced Mr. Lal San Dam, 16, Mr. Lal Khum Luai, 22, Mr. Lian Ting Thang, 67, and Lal Thawm Thang, 52, to porter four bags of rice from their village to Leilet under the direct order of Company Captain Kyaw Kyaw Thu on 22 June 2001.
One of the villagers said that they spent a night at Leilet village and went to Thipcang village where the captain was based.
The four villagers received no money for carrying the military supplies for two days, according to one of the porters.
There have been reports of extortion and tax collection from the local cattle traders by the soldiers, who are also accused of forcibly asking the villagers to provide rice and chicken for their meals.
Based in Thipcang village since February this year, Burma Army soldiers from LIB No. 269, led by Company Captain Kyaw Kyaw Thu, of the military personal number 22438, have been patrolling in the areas near the Indian-Burma border.
Van Biak Thang