MAGWAY DIVISION – Locals reported that eleven local men from the above mentioned village were taken hostage after the terrorist junta council entered the village of Hnawpin in the southeast of Myaing Town, Magway division.
It is said that about 70 junta soldiers and Pyu Saw Htee militants entered Hnawpin Village at 7 p.m. on July 23, camped overnight, and when they left the village on the evening of July 24, they abducted the villagers.
“Those who were arrested were only men. They were taken to carry their packages. A mentally ill man from the village was beaten all over his body. He can neither walk nor speak well. They even beat up such a person,” said a Myaing resident.
The junta troops captured the villagers and took them to Kamma Village, which is about two miles away from Hnawpin Village, and are said to be still stationed in that village. The resident said that the details about the abducted people are not yet known, and that five of them are rumoured to have escaped, but they have not returned to the village.
“We have heard that they ran away, but we have not been able to find them yet. That junta column is still in Kamma Village, so it is not convenient for us to search for them. The column is divided into two groups,” said the above resident.
That junta council’s column came from West Bonkan Village in Pakokku Township. In addition to abducting the residents, they are also said to have taken the food and other items from the villagers’ homes. At present, the residents of Hnawpin Village are going back to the village, while the residents of Kama Village and Magyisu Village are fleeing into the nearby villages and forests.