Sittway police prevent 18 from illegal migration to Malaysia

Lai Lar Bay Gaung (down) and Abdul Harles(upper, left), and group of people who are awating to leave for Malaysia.  Photo: MNA
Lai Lar Bay Gaung (down) and Abdul Harles(upper, left), and group of people who are awating to leave for Malaysia.  Photo: MNA

Amid increased law enforcement by security forces and expanded investigations to prevent illegal migration by people living in villages and IDP camps in Sittway Township, the authorities prevented 18 people from illegally leaving for Malaysia on 24 January. Acting on a tip that some villagers were gathering at the house of Nu Slam at Barsayar Village in Sittway Township to illegally leave for Malaysia, the local police searched the house, where they found Nu Salam’s wife, Ma Lai Larbay Gaung, 29, and two Moslem women, Lailar and Jo Maidar from Ohndawgyi Village. Nu Salam, however, managed to escape. In connection with the case, the police detained another three men and thirteen women from Barsayar, Bumay, Ohndawgyi and Magyimyaing villages, as well as the Saythamargyi IDP Camp and Darpaing IDP Camp, who had gathered at a chicken farm owned by Abdul Harles, prior to meeting on a beach around 10 pm on the same day. Sittway Police Station has opened a file against broker Nu Saolam, who recruited the people, and a conspiracy investigation is underway against Lai Lar Bay Gaung and Abdul Harles, who are under interrogation.
Further, the 18 detained people are also under investigation.
According to the initial investigation, the detainees disclosed that they paid K1.5 million each to Nu Salam and were detained by the police as they were waiting to leave for Malaysia. — MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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