KACHIN STATE – It has been reported that the three men who were abducted near Mhaw Taung Village, San Kywe Village Tract in Hpakant have not been released for about a week.
A person close to the detainees said that there are rumours that the three men who were arrested at around 5 p.m. on June 7 for allegedly supporting the PDF have already died.
“I haven’t heard of any punishment being handed down yet. Some people told me that they were killed by junta forces during the interrogation. I’m just praying that those rumours are false and that they are still alive and well,” he said.
A man who was released after being arrested and jailed under 505(a) said that he was worried because abductees are often beaten and tortured during interrogation by junta council forces.
“I’m just waiting for news about Mr. Myint Lwin and Mr. Thein. I’m worried about the various ways they could be beaten during the interrogation. Their remaining family members and children are also hoping for their release,” he said.
Mr. Myint Lwin, aged about 45, from Shrokha Village, Mr. Thein, about 60-year-old, from Mhaw Taung Village, and Mr. Maung Aye, about 60-year-old, from Aye Mya Thuyar Village, were said to have been taken to be detained at the junta strategic hill in Hpakant Township.
The three men were abducted on the road by around 20 junta council troops in civilian clothes, and it was said that there were gunshots fired during their arrest. Locals are saying that Mr. Maung Aye died from a bullet wound, but it cannot be confirmed.
Junta troops often raid villages, jade blocks and guest houses in Hpakant Township and abduct people and there are abducted people who have lost contact up to now.
On May 27, the junta council troops entered the compound of Kyaw Naing and Brothers Company in Mhaw Wanggyi Ward and abducted at least 50 company employees and took them along with their column, according to local residents.
Also on May 27, the junta column arrested at least 20 freelance jade miners from a jade block in Blakha Ward of Maw Moung Layan Tract.
On the morning of May 25th, more than 30 junta troops raided Urusai guest house in Lonekhin Village and abducted five men. Four of them were released later but the other one is still under arrest.