SHAN STATE- Locals reported that the junta troops checked the guest lists at night time, especially the houses where lights are on, in Nyaungshwe Township.
On May 24, at around 8:30 p.m., the administrative office clerk and Pyu Saw Htee member, Mr. Chit Ko, and three guard soldiers of Phaungtawoo Pagoda checked guest lists at Tharlay village tract, Ohkone Village.
“The officials said that they were on duty but did not mention what their duty was. There were only two women in their sixties and an eighty-year-old ill patient staying in the house and they were never interested in politics,” said a person close to houses where guest lists were checked.
Both of the houses the where junta checked guest lists are their supporters and Non-CDM teachers are living there. Another house is owned by a trader, stated the informer.
The junta troops probably checked these three houses as they were well-lit by lights while it was a blackout in the whole village, stated a local.
“Two houses had generators running and another had solar power so they are well-lit with electric lights. The junta troops didn’t check the houses with no electricity. I don’t know why they are checking those houses, they are not activists or politicians but one of them is their supporter,” stated the local.
Another local assumed that the so-called guest list checking was an excuse for extortion as there were no local police from the Nanpan Station but only guard police and Pyu Saw Htee member.
“If any arrest were to make, Nanpan Station Police must be present. Those guard police from Phaungtawoo have no such authority. It may be an extortion. The private Mg Nge (one of the three policemen involved in the guest list checking), has been taking bribes from local gambling houses and extorting from shopkeepers on daily basic,” said the local.
Tharlay and Ohkone villages are situated in the north of the Phaungdawoo Pagoda, where almost 1000 population are reportedly staying.