Arson attack on a mosque in Burma
KALADAN NEWS, Buthidaung: On November 04, 2003, some Rakhine youths attacked a mosque and its guesthouse at around 9:00 pm in Buthidaung Town, Arakan State, according to our correspondent.
The mosque is established in Zabor Para village of Buthidaung Town and the name of the mosque is Abdul Salam Dowashi mosque, he further added.
Four Rakhine youths on said day backed by police and the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) members came and secretly enter the mosque compound and torched it and its guesthouse while the mosque goers were praying inside the mosque. The guesthouse was completely gutted by fire before the fire could be extinguished after half an hour. But the prayers brought the blaze of the mosque under control after a few minutes struggle, said a man, who is participated in prayer.
Most of the villagers believe that SPDS authorities and USDA members instigated this arson attack. So, the villagers did not inquire about this matter, and are living patiently and cautiously to avoid untoward incidents in future, he further said.
The Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) members of local branches are behaving like they are the Military Intelligence (MI) and the local authority. They engaged in criminal activities in order to increase the funds of the organization, and are doing social welfare activities in local areas to gain public supports. SPDC authority formed this organization, particularly by Senior General Shan Thwe in the late 1990s to support their rule. Such incidents were taking place every now and then since SPDC came to power in1988,” said a senior schoolteacher.
He also criticized “ government’s all-out attempt to create the incident into a communal riot between two sister communities. He also condemned police for their indifferent attitude in probing the case. Neither any real culprit was arrested nor any clue has been unearthed so far. The number of such incidents would continue to rise as long as the military junta stay in power.”