Funeral Services Refuse to Help Dead Myanmar Police Officer Involved in Crackdown

By The Irrawaddy 19 March 2021

Yangon — Community-based free funeral service organizations in Bago have refused to assist in the funeral of a police captain who died during a crackdown on anti-regime protesters.

“The police asked some funeral services to help with the funeral but they all refused,” said a Bago resident.

Another resident, who asked for anonymity, said the funeral of Captain Kyaw Naing Oo was held at Sinpyukwin cemetery on Tuesday at noon with the police providing security. They used the Bago bypass instead of Shwethalyaung Pagoda Road, which is normally used for the cemetery.

“They didn’t use the normal road to the cemetery, suggesting they are suspicious of the public. There are issues between them and the people that can’t be seen,” said the resident.

The 37-year-old died while large numbers of officers were forcibly dispersing student protesters in Ponnasu ward on March 14.

According to Bago police, Captain Kyaw Naing Oo served in the office of regional police chief and died from an entry wound. Further details are unknown.

Since the Feb. 1 coup, seven people, including a woman, have died in crackdowns by the security forces in Bago.

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