In June 2015, a KHRG researcher met with a villager from A--- and the villager told him about an incident of forced labour perpetrated by the Border Guard Force (BGF). On June 12th 2015, a group of BGF soldiers, led by Company Second-in-command Moe Hein, also known by his code name, Plah Thoo, and another soldier by the code name Plah Yu Say from BGF Battalion #1014 ordered the villagers from A--- village, Meh Pree village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District, to carry water for them and find vegetables and firewood for them, as well as to deliver them to the BGF camp. Five villagers had to go and work in the camp for three days and then another five villagers had to replace them after three days. The BGF did not pay the villagers for their labour. If certain villagers were not free to do this forced work, they had to hire other villagers to go and work in their stead and they had to pay 5,000 kyat (US $4.49) to each villager that they asked to replace them.
On June 15th 2015, many Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) soldiers were spotted by villagers as they approached D--- village, Meh Pree village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. Their presence frightened the villagers, who worried that fighting would happen between KNLA and BGF soldiers who also come into the village at times. Therefore, the villagers ran into their bomb shelter. Soon after the KNLA soldiers had left, the BGF did in fact come into the village. When they arrived, they pointed their guns at the villagers and asked why they ran and hid in the bomb shelter and told them to come out. The BGF soldiers were led by Company Second-in-command Moe Hein, under Battalion #1014.
On June 14th 2015, Tatmadaw soldiers from Light Infantry Division (LID) #22 came into B--- village, Kyaw Pah village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. There were 35 Tatmadaw soldiers and two BGF soldiers, for a total of 37 soldiers altogether. They brought artillery with them and they also crossed into the restricted area which the KNLA delimited. They did so because they heard that the Karen armed groups, including the BGF, the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), KNLA, Karen Peace Force (KPF), and KNU/KNLA Peace Council (KNU/KNLA-PC), were holding a meeting in C--- village and so they were headed there to demonstrate their presence. As a result of the security concerns posed by the Tatmadaw soldiers’ presence near the area where the meeting was set to take place, the Karen armed groups eventually decided to cancel their meeting.