It is known that the army arrested people of Chaung U and displaced people who have been sheltering in Chaung U Town, Sagaing Region, and forced them to clear landmines that were planted on the way to deliver food.
The junta troops raided and arrested the people of Ye Hlay Ward and the displaced people who were taking refuge in the monastery in Chaung U and forced them to clear landmines. The number of people arrested has not yet been confirmed, said a resident of Chaung U.
“They (junta troops) arrested all the people they saw on the streets and in the neighborhood. In the monastery, they entered to arrest them. They still couldn’t send enough food to Kin Mon Taw and Kan Zee village (of the Pyu Saw Htee militia). The column was taking so long to arrive, so the food truck left the town towards the Ah-Myint Road intersection. When they got hit by a landmine (handmade), they didn’t dare to continue, so they forced people to clear those landmines,” he said.
The junta’s food trucks that came out of Chaung U Town at around 7:30 this morning were attacked by the PDFs somewhere on the Chaung U-Ah Myint Road, and three vehicles were hit by landmines and could not move forward, he continued.
The villages of Kin Mon Taw and Kan Zee (Pyu Saw Htee village) are located near the Chaung U-Ah Myint Road. After the junta troops arrested people to clear landmines planted by the local defense forces, the blast sound of landmines has yet to be heard.
Since the junta troops are taking civilians as porters in their control areas, the local defense forces have many difficulties responding, an official from the People’s Defense Force of Chaung U Township (Pa-Ka-Hpa) said.
“It only takes a few minutes to drag people. They drag people randomly and then leave. Our side also needs to get a lot of weapons. We are thinking about how to respond to the people who are currently being taken as porters,” he said.
The people arrested by the junta troops were being used as human shields in their column, and some were being given military uniforms and forced to show their strength in the town as if they were soldiers.
The number of people who were taken as porters by the junta troops in Chaung U Township has only increased and not decreased, according to the residents.
The column that came out on December 14th from Chaung U Town to send food to Kin Mon Taw and Kan Zee villages (Pyu Saw Htee) has been for seven days, but it has not arrived yet, it is reported.