Army Soldiers Threatened, Forced Chin Locals to Sign
19 September 2011: Village headmen and locals of Dawn and Ralpel in Thantlang Township, Chin State, were late last month ordered by Burma Army soldiers to sign a document saying that they didn’t see or keep in contact with members of the Chin National Army (CNA) in the area.
Second Commanding Officer Captain Ko Ko Aung and his 12 soldiers from Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 268 based in Lungler village threatened and interrogated the village elders if they knew CNA’s camping location and movement, a local told Chin Human Rights Organization.
The local said the soldiers forcibly demanded signatures of the village elders on the document.
On 22 August, the captain and his soldiers also arrived in Ralpel villiage at 7am, summoning the locals including village elders and headman.
“We were asked to report to them any movement of CNA and threatened to be punished physically if we did not provide the correct information,” added the local villager, whose name remains anonymous.
“We told them that the CNA has not come to our village for the past five years. And they went on asking whether the Indian soldiers and Mizoram Police came to the village. We said no and they asked our signatures for assurance and we did it,” said the Ralpel villager.
Burma Army soldiers proceeded to Dawn village around 8am in the morning, interrogating the locals with the same questions.
“The soldier asked me to name any CNA members I know but I said I didn’t know anyone. And he said I had to make a report to the army if I know any of the CNA members,” said a local from Dawn village.
Captain Ko Ko Aung and some of his soldiers were known to have gone to Tio River along the Indian-Burma border on patrol and got back to Lungler military camp on 23 August 2011.
Reporting by A Hmun