SHAN STATE – Two youths were beaten and abducted from Mein Mein Marla Htant Restaurant near No. 3 Basic Education High School on Bayintnaung Road in Lanmadaw Ward, Taunggyi, according to witnesses.
The two youths were eating at the restaurant at about 12 noon on Monday (June 5) when they were abducted together with weapons by people in civilian clothes who also beat them up.
“Both of them were wearing Karen outfits and one had camouflage pants which made them stand out, and it was also said that they were carrying weapons,” said one witness.
The two abductees were about 18 years of age and one is a woman and the other a man and they were said to have come there on a blue motorbike.
The six junta troops in plainclothes arrived in a privately owned vehicle but it is not yet known the type of weapons that they have seized.
“They were beaten and were taken in the vehicle. They had blood on their heads. The weapons were also examined if they were fake or real. I would like to remind the comrades not to wear outstanding clothes and to be careful of their action if they have to come to the cities for any reason,” said another witness.
One news source stated that the two youths are currently kept in Taunggyi main police station but will be transported to the interrogation center in Eastern Division Military Command later.
Also on March 31, at 11 p.m., six youths who were singing and playing guitar in front of Alainmar Store were abducted by a junta patrol for suspicious activity. They were then released but the family members had to pay a ransom money of MMK 10 lakhs each, as related by an acquaintance.