Ei Ei Toe Lwin – Myanmar Times
21 Dec 2017
The Tatmadaw has formed an investigation team to probe whether its personnel were involved in the killing of the 10 unidentified people whose bodies were found in a mass grave in Inn Din village in Maungdaw town in northern Rakhine State, its information office said on Wednesday.
The team will be led by Tatmadaw Lieutenant General Aye Win, who has already left for Maungdaw to start the probe, the Tatmadaw’s True News Information Team said in a statement posted on the Facebook page of Commander-in-Chief General Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
The team is composed of five Tatmadaw officials, the statement said.
Lieutenant-General Aye Win was also the leader of Tatmadaw investigation that was formed to probe whether security forces followed their duties and regulations during the military’s retaliation for attacks on government outposts in Maungdaw on August 25 launched by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
On Monday, the Commander-in-Chief’s Office reported the discovery of the unidentified bodies in Inn Din village following a tip-off from an informant about a mass grave in the village’s cemetery.
Forensic examinations are being conducted to identify the bodies and determine the causes of deaths, according to a Tatmadaw statement on Tuesday.
Maungdaw is at the centre of the communal violence in the northern Rakhine, which started in 2012, between ethnic Rakhine people and Muslim residents in the area.
For a few years confrontations between the two groups have been kept at the minimum but intensified again in 2016, when fighters of ARSA began attacking government security outposts in the area in October last year.
On August 25, new violence flared up in the area as ARSA fighters conducted raids in at least two dozen government security outposts that triggered intense clashes killing hundreds of people, prompting the government to declare ARSA a terrorist organisation.
The fighting between the Tatmadaw triggered exodus of more than 650,000 Muslim residents in Rakhine to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence.
The Myanmar government faced severe criticism from the international community, including the United Nations, over its alleged slow action to stop the violence in the troubled state.
International human rights groups have accused the Tatmadaw of perpetrating systematic human rights abuses against Muslims in the area, who are viewed by most people in Myanmar as illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The Tatmadaw has vehemently denied the accusations.