Myanmar Army issued a statement yesterday that a mass grave of 28 Hindus have been discovered in conflict torn Rakhine state. The Myanmar Army confirmed that they have found 20 dead women and eight men in the graves, including six boys under the age of ten.
The army has been conducting massive security crackdowns in areas where the Radical Islamist Rohingyas have been carrying out attacks since 25th August 2017, which incidentally is the time around which activism in support of illegal Rohingya immigrants peaked in India.
It has been reported that Rohingya militants raided a village in Northern Rakhine, where they brutally attacked villages and dragged some residents into the forest.
The conflict in Myanmar has said to have been aggravated after The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) ravaged police posts. The Myanmar Army has been fighting the ARSA, which has links with many radical Islamist organisations, since October last year.
A report by Time magazine quotes Mynmar government’s Information Committee, where a Hindu man has recounted the horrors. The Hindu man, who has since fled to Bangladesh, is reported to have told a local leader that ARSA insurgents took about 100 Hindus from the village and killed all of them except for eight women, who were forced to convert to Islam and brought to Bangladesh.
It is not the first time that Radical Islamist Rohingyas have targeted Hindus and ethnic Buddhists in Myanmar. Many accounts of terror have been reported from the Rakhine State.
A village chief of an ethnic tribe in Rakhine region had told media persons how Rohingya terrorists target non-combatant non-Muslims in the region. Earlier this month, it was reported how Hindus and Buddhists too were forced to flee the region.
A village chief had revealed how Rohingya Muslims killed 8 villagers as they were out foraging, including his brother and oldest son on 3rd August 2017. He added that people from his tribe had to leave everything behind and take sanctuary in the government controlled areas, fearful that the Rohingya would target them again.
In August, an AFP reporter had visited a hospital in Maungdaw in Rakhine state where the bullet-riddled bodies of six Hindu construction workers had been brought. Survivors said the group had been ambushed by Rohingya terrorists. A 50 year Hindu woman had told the AFP reporter that the Rohingyas were causing ‘disturbances’ but had no place else to go if the situation got worse.
Unfortunately, the Hindus are suspected to be colluding with the Myanmar Army by some Rohingya Muslims. A report by CNN published last week had quoted a Rohingya woman, who accused Hindus of helping the Myanmar Army in carrying out atrocities against the Muslims. It appears that radical groups have been able to convince the common Rohingyas that Hindus and Buddhists are their enemies.
Amidst all this, India has been debating whether illegal Rohingya immigrants should be given citizenship. Intelligence agencies assert that some Rohingya immigrants may have terror links to Pakistan based terror groups and others could be vulnerable to radicalization given their experience in Myanmar. There have been intelligence reports showing such security threats.
The central government told the Supreme Court that the illegal influx of Rohingyas using the porous border between India and Myanmar and their continued stay here was seriously harming the national security of the country.
The central government affidavit to the Supreme Court also stated that the illegal influx of Rohingyas started in 2012-2013 when Congress led UPA-II was in power.
Recently, the illegal Rohingya immigrants have found support from the likes of Zakir Musa and Hafiz Saeed, drawing strong suspicion from all quarters.