MNHRC launches investigation into death of Pa Gyi (a) Aung Naing during skirmishes between Tatmadaw and KKO


Nay Pyi Taw, 5 Nov — A team led by Vice Chairman of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission U Sit Myaing arrived in Mawlamyine on 1 November. On 2 November, the team went to the jetty in Shin Saw Pu Ward-1 in Kyaikmaraw together with the township administrator, the township police officer, village and ward administrators and leaders of people militia in the areas where the skirmishes broke out and made investigation and took photos of scene.
Then, the team continued to the place near the basic education middle school in Kayin Taw (Upper) Village in Kalai Kanai Village-Tract where the skirmishes broke out, the place stationed by Nai Balai Suen of Mon Peace Defence Force (Naing Shaung) and the jetty in Niton Village in Kyaikmaraw Township.
The team met with officials and local people there and took photographs of the surroundings and put on records the findings on the ground and of investigations.
In the afternoon, the team returned to Kyaikmaraw and met with officers of Myanmar Police Force, village administrators of the villages and heads of 100-household groups at Kyaikmaraw Township General Administration Department and made detailed investigations into the movements of Tatmadaw columns and KKO troops.
On 3 November, the team briefed the commander of the local light infantry division and officials on the tasks of the commission and interrogated the officers and patrol soldiers from the regional command and the regiment concerned and took their witness accounts at the guest house of Mon State Police Force in Mawlamyine.
On 4 November, the team interrogated some members of Mon Peace Defence Force (Naing Shaung), the leader of People Militia of Shin Saw Pu Ward, the village administrator of Kalai Kanai Village, officials of Katonsi village and those who related to Pa Gyi (a) Aung Naing at the Shwe Hintha Hall of Kyaikmaraw Township GAD.
The team, together with officials and the widow of Pa Gyi (a) Aung Naing, Daw Thanda, left Kyaikmaraw at about 8 am on 5 November and arrived at the Shwewarchaung Monastery, where the skirmishes started, at 11.20 am and investigated along the places where the skirmishes continued. Afterwards, the team continued to the place where the body of Pa Gyi was buried and exhumed the body. The exhumation of the body completed at 1.40 pm and it was sent to Mawlamyine People’s Hospital for autopsy and arrived at the hospital at 5 pm. The autopsy will be performed at the hospital.

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