Some of Rakhine youths were provided training by the government openly to use guns saying that it is for self defense. Almost all of the Rakhines have got various types of guns from different source and are fighting even with the national army. The authority could arrest some of them but no legal action was taken against them. In fact they were released.
“On 13th Nov 2012, in Myanmar, a firing took place between army and ALP in an area called Triangle Zone which is located in, Maung Daw Tsp between the boarders of Myanmar, Bangladesh and India. During firing, 8 from ALP were killed and 15 were arrested by the army” said an military on condition of anonymity.
According to a passerby, on 14th Nov 2012, at 9:00AM while a group of authorities from every department was sitting at the gate of Shwe Zarr Bridge to check the people who are crossing the bridge, two Rakhines from Aungbla village of Shwe Zarr village tract, Maung Daw were arrested who were trying to carry 10 pistols to downtown.
“On 14th Nov 2012, a car coming from Buthi Daung Tsp to Maung Daw Tsp was chased by two militaries with a motor bike. The car was stopped when it reached Kayin Tan Bridge (between Kayin Tan & Myothu Gyi) and checked all the passengers where they found a Rakhine woman with more than 3000 bullets. When they asked her that from which source she got these, she replied these are brought from India through Chin state for Rakhine state”, said some of the passengers.The Rakhine state local authority has found many Rakhines with guns such as pistols, rifles, hand bombs, etc in different check points. But no legal action are applied against them, for example two Rakhines (Nay Chit Maung from Wai Tha Li village tract who was arrested with four G-3 guns on 2nd Nov 2012 and the other one Maung Hla Kyaw s/o Mai Maung (owner of Color Photo Parlor “Shay Thoe”) from 4-mile who was arrested with four hand bombs on 10th Nov 2012) were released while hundreds of innocent Rohingyas were arbitrarily arrested and are being sent to jail for ten or more years. Hesitating to arrest and to give deserved punishment is something like encouraging other Rakhines to hold illegal weapons freely.