A man was hospitalised after police officers allegedly handcuffed him to a pole and beat him up in Pauktaw Township, Arakan State.
Aung Kyaw Htwee, a Pyithu Hluttaw MP from Pauktaw Township said: “It is true. He is seeking medical treatment at Pauktaw Township Hospital. The civilian, who was beaten up, arrived in Pauktaw [Town] at midnight yesterday [25 May] and has been sent to the hospital.”
Police detained U Aung Thein Chay (age 37) in Kyan Khin Pike Seik Village in Pauktaw Township after his wife, Daw Hla Khin (age 37) reported him to police temporarily stationed at the in Nga/ Ya Byat Chaing Village, after the couple had a domestic dispute.
After she made the report four police officers from the outpost, including Police Lance Corporal Than Tun, allegedly handcuffed U Aung Thein Chay to a pole at a video house (where they show films to the public) and beat him up.
A family member who was accompanying U Aung Thein Chay to the hospital and did not want to be named said to Narinjara: “It was a domestic dispute between a husband and a wife. The police detained and beat up the husband. The family had to give 100,000 kyats to the police for his release.”
When Narinjara News contacted Pauktaw Township Police Force, Inspector Tun Thar he said: “We sent a squadron to carry out security patrol in that area after a homicide took place in Nga Mae Pyin Village, which is 20-30 miles from Pauktaw Town. When the squadron arrived in Nga Ya Byat Chaing Village, U Aung Thein Chay’s wife came and reported to the police that her husband had been hitting her while he was drunk.
“When the police tried to arrest Aung Thein Chay, he didn’t allow them to arrest him and he cursed at them. I heard that he had to be arrested using violent methods. So, there was an incident where he got beaten up.
“I heard that Aung Thein Chay was hospitalised after sustaining injuries. [The injuries] are not serious. We are arranging to summon the four police officers to Pauktaw and take action against them in line with police rules and regulations.”
Translated by Thida Linn
Edited in English by Mark Inkey for BNI