SLORC VICTIMS IN NYAUNGLEBIN DISTRICT

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SLORC VICTIMS IN NYAUNGLEBIN DISTRICT

Published date:
Thursday, September 1, 1994

The following testimonies were given by civilian villagers in Nyaunglebin District (Karen name Kler Lwe Htoo District) arid 2 porters from west of the Pegu Yoma in Pegu Division. On July 11, troops from Kyauk Kyi, Column 1 of Infantry Battalion #60, column commander Major Tin Aye, came to Wah Boh Daun village. They sat down there and watched over the road. They stayed there for 2 days. On July13, Maung Way, Hla Khine, and Myint Oo from Ba Day Gone village were on their way home from Kwee Oo town, so they met this column near Wah Boh Daun. The troops arrested them and searched them. They found 12,000 Kyat in Maung Way's pockets so they took it. The troops said to the men, "You have contact with rebels, and you went to sell cattle and buffalos to them." They took the men away to #350 Light Infantry Battalion camp at Do Ka Hta and arrived there at 4 p.m. They put Hla Khine and Myint Oo in leg stocks [those are like mediaeval European leg stocks, where the victim sits with his legs straight out in front of him and both ankles clamped between two horizontal lengths of wood or in this case bamboo], while they tied Maung Way up with rope, beat him and interrogated him, saying "You're a black market trader. Who else in your village works with you?" Maung Way said "I don't know. I’m not a black market trader." So they beat him again until his head was cut open and he couldn't bear it any longer. He was so afraid that they would beat him again that he said "Bee Li and Soe Myint are also black market traders." Then they put Maung Way in the leg stocks.