Tue 29 Jun 2010
Filed under: On The Border
A police outpost stationed on the Sino-Burma border was said to have been attacked yesterday by Chinese villagers, according to local sources.
The incident followed action taken against them by members from the outpost on 27 June, at 8:00 (Burma Standard Time).
Sources have learned that 16 tolajis (farm tractors) carrying rice from the Burma territory were blocked by Military Affairs Security (MAS) officials at the gate and did not return to the owners till midnight. The tractors were owned by the villagers in Chinese territory, said a source.
The outpost is located near Namwan Bridge between Kongkham village in China and Namwan village, Mangwiang village tract, Kachin State’s Mansi Township.
The tractors were said to have been kept until 24:00 though the owners came for negotiation, said a local resident. “The villagers therefore raided their outpost, destroyed things in the areas. One of their police trucks was damaged.”
During the raid, many police officials were also reported helping the villagers to destroy the truck, he said. “But the MAS officials fortunately decided not to shoot.”
The officer in charge of the MAS unit has reportedly fled to a neighboring area after the incident despite villagers’ appeal to take responsibility for their activities.
But so far there has been no one from the Burma Army has turned up to solve the problem.