New Rohingya Village Administrator Tortured to Death in Myanmar Military’s Detention
By Mohammed Rafique, The Rohingya Post
The body of the 31-year-old newly-appointed Bura Shida Para (U Shey Kya) village administrator was transferred to Maungdaw General Hospital on Tuesday, August 31.
On Saturday, Robi Alam (nickname Roji Alam), son of Khulla Miah was arrested by two Myanmar Military intelligence officers from the Office of Chief of Military Security Affairs (commonly known with its acronym Sa Ya Pa) on the unfounded allegations of sheltering Rohingya militants in his village. Several Rohingya elders from the village have also been detained.
He was taken to an interrogation centre of Sa Ya Pa in Maungdaw where he was tortured to death.
Myanmar Military officers initially have informed Robi Alam’s family that he has died from an illness in detention, which the family has not accepted since he was active and healthy with no underlying health conditions.
At 1:00 PM local time, his body was sent to the hospital with clear visible signs of severe tortures.
A funeral procession was conducted by Rohingya and he was buried in Shidda Para (Myoma Kya Nyin Tan) at 4:00 PM.
The father of three young children (4-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son, and 4-month-old daughter) was a respected and educated businessman. Over five months ago, he was appointed as the village administrator by his villagers despite he had shown no interest or experience in politics.
His untimely death at the hands of the notorious Myanmar Military comes just 44 days after he has lost his family.
Robi Alam was “a humbled person with a sense of social responsibility” and had “clear and untainted characters” in the village, according to one of his close friends who is now taking shelter in a refugee camp in Bangladesh after fleeing the genocidal campaign in 2017.
“It is a great loss for Rohingya in Bura Shida Para. Even though he was a caring family man with no interest in running an office, he was forced by the villagers to be their village administrator since he was a humble person with a sense of social responsibility. My friend Robi Alam had clear and untainted characters,” Robi Alam’s friend from the camp told The Rohingya Post.
On August 25, Rohingya marked Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day to commemorate thousands of Rohingya who were tortured, raped and killed by Myanmar Military during its campaign of genocide in 2017. Despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has issued provisional measures to protect the Rohingya community in Myanmar, the military which seized the power in the February 1 Coup continues to carry out its atrocious campaigns and policies in the ongoing genocide against the Rohingya.