NGO owner Ushit Maung sent to jail after three-day remand
Police say the man, suspected of aiding terrorism, divulged important information in interrogation
NGO owner Ushit Maung Rakhaing, arrested on charges of aiding terrorism in Myanmar’s Rakhine, has been sent to jail after a three-day remand. Police claim he has divulged important information in interrogation.
On Sunday, Airport police station’s Sub-Inspector (SI) Farhaj Hossain presented him in court and said that Ushit gave important information in remand and needed to be sent to jail for proper investigation.
According to police sources, the Rakhine Development Foundation (RDF), an NGO run by Ushit, is helping the extremist Rakhine community in Myanmar. His wife Sumraraja Leen alias Mamaya, a Myanmar national, has been actively involved in the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP). She lives in Myanmar.
ALP has taken an anti-Rohingya stance in the ongoing Rakhine violence. Police have found that RDF is working to fund the group, the source claimed.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Ushit, 67, on terrorism charges while he was boarding a flight to Myanmar at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on October 18.
Airport police’s Officer-in-charge Noor-e-Azam Mia told the Dhaka Tribune that Ushit had been detained after suspicious photos and documents were allegedly found on his laptop. In those pictures, Maung’s wife Sumraraja Leen alias Mamaya was seen holding weapons.
“Ushit and Sumraraja used to gather intelligence and send it to the authorities concerned in the neighbouring country. They also used to provide monetary assistance to the ALP,” the officer claimed.
“We got some important information from him, which are being scrutinised. We cannot disclose the information for the sake of investigation,” he said.
Source : http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh