Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, is cracking down on militia groups in Chin state, ethnic armed groups, religious and community leaders and local residents say. Chin is located in the western part of Myanmar and is bordered by India and Bangladesh.
While the ruling junta, the State Administrative Council (SAC), is targeting religious buildings and civilians in a bid to defeat local armed groups, local residents are living in a state of panic and many have fled their villages, community leaders said. and religion.
More than 90 percent of the Chin population is Christian.
Since early October, the SAC has sent large numbers of troops to Chin via the nearby areas, Magway and Sagaing, to subdue local armed groups. Its main group is the Chin National Front, which was founded in 1988. Others, which emerged after the coup last February, are the Chinland Defense Army, Chin National Defense Army, and local units of the antijunta People’s Defense Army.
Chin National Front officials and members of other groups told FLY that large numbers of junta troops are now stationed in Hakha, the capital of Chin, and in the nearby towns of Mindat, Kanpetlet, Falam and Thantlang for military operations.
Tatmadaw troops fought armed groups on their way to the towns. Junta forces pounded villages and carried out killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and illegal confiscation of property, according to eyewitnesses and Chin-based media reports.
Heavy fighting erupted in recent days in Falam as a military convoy moved towards Hakha, said a spokesman for the Chin National Front and Chin National Defense Army.
“The worst was the bombing of villages and the destruction of religious buildings. Due to this unlawful behavior, villagers left their homes as soon as military forces approached the villages,” said Eun Khaw Tee, who recently left Mindat after his house was destroyed by Tatmadaw artillery fire. [uh/ab]