Mass Hindu grave discovered in Myanmar


Mass Hindu grave discovered in Myanmar

Myanmar's army today said that it has discovered a mass grave of 28 Hindus in violence-torn Rakhine state, blaming their killings on Muslim Rohingya militants, reports said.

Analysts say that matrix of repression helped give rise to the the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the rag-tag group who plunged the region into crisis with its August 25 attacks.

The announcement could not be independently verified as access to the region is tightly controlled by Myanmar's army.

According to Myanmar government around 30,000 Hindus and Buddhists have also been displaced due to the terror attacks by ARSA militants.

A senior police officer in northern Rakhine said the security forces found 10-15 bodies buried in separate holes in the mass grave.

The village where the army chief said the bodies were found, Ye Baw Kya, is near a cluster of Hindu and Muslim communities in northern Rakhine called Kha Maung Seik.

Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay confirmed the discovery of the 28 bodies on Sunday.

Hindu women are believed to have been abducted by the militants.

Earlier, the UN Secretary-General described the situation with the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar, ethnic cleansing.

The Myanmar government is working for the resettlement of refugees displaced at home and overseas due to conflicts in the country's northern Rakhine state.

Tensions between the communities have simmered for decades and exploded into violence several times in recent years.

But there is little sympathy for the Muslim minority inside Myanmar, where many in the Buddhist majority loathe the group and insist they are foreign invaders.

Rohingyas, who trace their roots back generations in Myanmar, are a stateless minority who have mostly been stripped of their citizenship in the predominantly Buddhist country.