Military Team to Investigate Involvement in Mass Grave in Rakhine State

By The Irrawaddy 21 December 2017

YANGON — The Myanmar military said that its own investigation team will find out whether security forces were involved in the case of unidentifiable corpses unearthed in Inn Din village, southern Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State.

On Tuesday, the military reported on its Facebook page that security members found the mass grave at Inn Din cemetery while investigating an anonymous tip.

According to local authorities, 10 heads and skeletons were unearthed at the burial site.

The military stated in its announcement on Tuesday that deterrent action in accord with the law would be taken against any security member found to be connected with the case.

Followed that announcement, the military stated on Wednesday that its five-member investigation team led by inspector Lt-Gen Aye Win left Inn Din village cemetery where the corpses were found.

A team comprising the township judge, police inspector of Inn Din police station, township medical officer, assistant surgeon and led by deputy commissioner of Maungdaw District’s General Administration Department U Ye Htut were carrying out an investigation in order to study the bodies and expose the truth, the army stated.

On Nov. 13, the military’s investigation team denied atrocities and use of excessive force against Rohingya Muslims during clearance operations that sent more than 620,000 fleeing to Bangladesh, in its report on findings after about a month internal investigation regarding any misconduct by government forces in Rakhine State.

The international community has condemned the army for arbitrary killing, rape, torture and the torching of Rohingya homes during the counter operations in northern Rakhine State in response to Muslim militant attacks on 30 police outposts in the area.