Yangon (Chindwin): Three trucks carrying 104 people travelling from northern Rakhine state are reportedly arrested at the Yenantha security gate in the town of Yegyi on the evening of 27 May 2022.
Upon checking the trucks and people on board, Department of Immigration certificates that the people are Rohingya traveling without proper documentations.
Among the travellers, there are 10 children and the military junta does not elaborate whether they will be sent back to northern Rakhine state or will be detained for a short while in Yegyi town.
Local media in Rakhine reported that they are arrested without having property documentation for travel.
Departed from Gwa township of Rakhine state, groups of Rohingya are stopped and arrested while travelling en route to Yangon by the junta’s police force in collaboration with authority from the Department of Immigration.
Chindwin learns the drivers of the trucks are also arrested at Yegyi security gate of Ayeyarwaddy region.
The military junta said all arrestee Rohingya have no travel documents and were trafficked to go to Malaysia by crossing Ayeyarwaddy region, Yangon region, Mon state and Karen state and the Thai border.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya remain stateless, living in northern Rakhine state without being given citizenship and national identity cards.
From their mainland areas of residence in northern Rakhine state, many Rohingya are forcibly limited from travelling to other parts of Myanmar due to denial of citizenship by successive military rules.