Myanmar Security Forces Shoot Dead Striking Policeman in Sagaing Region

By The Irrawaddy 2 April 2021

A police officer on strike who helped local people defend themselves against the junta’s security forces was shot dead in Tamu Township, Sagaing Region early on Friday.

Security forces opened fire on local residents near the fire station in Nan Phar Lone Ward in Tamu around 2.30 am on Friday. Kin Kin, an ethnic Chin policeman on strike in protest at the military regime, was shot dead as he helped defend local people against the attack.

“We have not yet been able to retrieve his body. Soldiers are deployed in the fire station and they have intentionally left his body outside the fire station so they can shoot anyone who comes to get it. We have heard that police and army were also injured in the incident. But we still can’t confirm that,” said a Tamu resident.

Two people are reported missing from the incident, said residents.

Kin Kin is the second person to be killed in Tamu by the junta. A Tamu resident died on March 26, the day after he was shot by security forces.

Three people who were injured in the same shooting received medical treatment in Imphal in India and are no longer in a critical condition.

A Gurkha man working as a security guard at a construction site in Tamu was arrested by security forces on Monday evening. His whereabouts are still unknown.

Despite the use of lethal force by the security forces and the threat of arrests, Tamu residents again took to the streets on Friday in protest at the military regime.


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