TANINTHARYI DIVISION – Two male passengers were dragged from their respective public passenger cars at Sinkoeyat waterfall check point of Kanpauk region in Yebyu Township, and captured by junta soldiers, local residents said.
A young man (21) was abducted from a passenger car under the local express bus service called Swan Ain at about 3:30 p.m on July 24.
In addition, another passenger man was captured again at around 5 p.m from another passenger car under the same service. The abductee was traveling from Dawei towards Kanpauk and he was working at Taung Pa Ya Village .
Locals reported that the two men were detained at Kanpauk region police station but it was not able to be confirmed.
Another two men were also abducted on July 23 evening at the same check point after finding almost 20 million kyats on the truck they were on.
Just this week, the junta army forces at Sinkoeyat waterfall checkpoint also extorted 20000 kyats from a traveller when they found 200000 kyats in his cloth bag.
“Now, if they found some money, they would catch the person. Then they would also interrogate a lot,” said a local man.
The military council used to patrol the area day and night with small military vehicles, but they stopped doing such patrols in the third week of this month. Instead, they have been strictly inspecting at the entrance of the waterfall and near the elementary school at Gangaw Taung Village.
Because of these strict inspections, residents are avoiding those places and travel only if they have to.