Maungdaw Township Administrative Chief Kyi Than has urged the Rakhine state Minister of Security and Border Affairs Colonel Htein Lin to deploy more police to provide security in Maungdaw District, which is at a distance of five miles from the Bangladesh border.
Chief Kyi Than made the demand in a meeting between the Rakhine state government and the Rakhine state General Administrative Department held on September 17.
“After the Na-Sa-Ka (Border Area Immigration Control Force) was dissolved, police battalions have provided security. But southern and the northern regions of Maungdaw District are border areas and security has to be tight. Therefore, I have asked Colonel Htein Lin to deploy more policemen in the area,” he told Mizzima.
The state government informed Mizzima that more than 700 security police have been deployed across Maungdaw District.
Attorney General Hla Thein said, “The Rakhine State Minister for Security and Border Affairs Colonel Htein Lin has informed us that that they are preparing to deploy two more security battalions.”
He added that in accordance with plans made by the Rakhine state Chief Minister and Commander of Western Command, Colonel Htein Lin has already deployed three army-battalions and heavily armed policemen in the area.
The Na-Sa-Ka was instituted for the border security in Rakhine State by the former junta in 1991. It comprised officers from the army, police, Customs Department and Immigration Department. It had 32 offices in eleven check post in Rakhine state.