Maungdaw, Burma : Always on the lookout for making an extra buck, the police in Maungdaw town in Arakan State of Burma extorted Kyat 500,000 from a Moulvi (a religious leader). The Moulvi was tricked into holding and teaching a youth how to use the phone before being charged of possessing the handset.
The victim is Moulvi Haron of Sibin Thaya Zay (Maungdaw Myo Ma Market) in Maungdaw under Arakan State , said his friend.
On January 14, a Rakhine youth Bogyi, with a mobile phone told the Moulvi that he had no idea how to handle the cell phone and requested him to teach him how to operate it. The Moulvi was sitting in a clothes shop in Maungdaw market. The Moulvi took the set from the Rakhine youth in good faith.
According to plan, a policeman in plain clothes from Maungdaw town, entered the shop and arrested the Moulvi with the mobile phone in his hand. He alleged that the Moulvi was using the phone for anti-government activities. He was taken to the police station in Maungdaw town.
At the police station, the police demanded Kyat 2,000,000 (Kyat two million kyat) for his release. However, he was released on January 15 after bribing the police Kyat 500,000, said a close relative of the victim preferring not to be named.
Bogyi is famous for his notorious activities and is an informer of the Maungdaw police. He lives near the main gate of "Sibin Thaya Zay" in Maungdaw town.
Shopkeepers and businessmen in Maungdaw Township are frightened of falling victim to such plots because the incident is sure to provide encouragement to the police to repeat the tactics.
Kayine Mu, the district police head along with Aung Win Naing, solved the case. Later, the police returned the mobile handset to Bogyi.