Investigators continue field trips in Rakhine

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Vice President U Myint Swe talks to police officers at Norula police outpost during the visit to conflict areas in northern Rakhine.

The Investigation Commission on Rakhine State, which is on its second round of field trips to northern Rakhine, visited Norula Villlage and Alethankyaw Village in Maungtaw yesterday morning.
The chairman Vice President U Myint Swe and members of the commission, accompanied by Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, Commander of Western Command Maj-Gen Maung Maung Soe and officials, visited the scene of an ambush by six violent attackers on motorbikes at the police outpost in Norula Village, where police repelled the attack by sacrificing a police officer and seizing a pistol and three motorcycles from the attackers. Witnesses of the attack were interviewed yesterday.
Later, the Vice President and the commission met with residents at the post-primary school in the village. The residents told the commission that they had to flee the village as violent attackers approached. They promised to cooperate with others for the security of the village and surrounding villages. They said they had received adequate supplies from the Union Government. The residents interviewed said that they had never seen security forces commit violence against local women.
After it was explained to them, the residents also said they were willing to accept the National Verification Card (NVC) programme of the Union Government and were desirous of freedom of travel to other areas.
The Vice President said that he wanted to urge parents to send their children to school as teachers were ready to resume classes and to tell any organization and any media to tell the truth without worries. The Vice President also promised immediate issuance of NVC cards and told them that there would be no restrictions on travel and religious activities before encouraging them to report to authorities for transportation difficulties.
Meanwhile, commission members Dr Daw Thet Thet Zin and Daw Kyaing Ngai Man interviewed women in the village at the school exclusively and separately and were told that they had never experienced violence against them.
Later, the commission chairman and members met with locals at the high school of Alethankyaw Village and asked them to talk about their difficulties for food, shelter, clothing, education and health. The residents told the commission that they had never seen violence and requested that the authorities arrange for their fishing activities.
The Vice President was pleased with the questions and requests of the residents and said that the commission would be able to decide what to do correctly thanks to the questions and requests. He also pledged to solve any other problems.
Arrangements are underway to explain the process of the NVC as many residents could not understand it.
Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu also said that he would like to urge local residents to tell the truth about the incidents they had experienced so that regional stability could be restored. The Chief Minister also said that measures have been taken for safe fishery operations for local fishermen and trawlers.
At the same time, commission members Dr Daw Thet Thet Zin and Daw Kyaing Ngai Man interviewed women in the village separately and they told the commission that no women and children in the village experienced abuse against them.
Then, the Vice President met with members of border guards and their families at No. 4 Border Guard Police Headquarters and provided food. The Chief of the Myanmar Police Force Police Maj-Gen Zaw Win also provided edible oil to the members and families of the border guards.

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