Srinagar, Aug 17 (ANI): An irate mob clashed with police here on Friday after police foiled protest plans by a group of men who had scheduled a demonstration against the recent killings of Muslims in Myanmar.
Recently, Myanmar security forces killed, raped and carried out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims after deadly sectarian riots in the northeast in June, New York-based Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, adding the authorities had done little to prevent the initial unrest.
Police baton charged the protesters and hurled teargas shells in a bid to disperse the mob.
Aid workers were blocked and in some cases arrested, and Rohingyas bore the brunt of a government crackdown in Rakhine state after a week of arson and machete attack by ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingyas, the rights’ group said in a report.
There are at least 8,00,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar but they are not recognised as one of its ethnic groups.
Myanmar President Thein Sein had said in June that the government was only responsible for third-generation Rohingyas whose families had arrived before independence in 1948, and that it was impossible to accept those who had “illegally entered” Myanmar.
He recommended that the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR should take care of them in camps or resettle them in other countries.
UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres replied it could only resettle refugees that fled from one country to another.
The riots followed the May 28 rape and murder of a Rakhine woman by three Rohingya males, who were sentenced to death, and the June 3 lynching of 10 non-Rohingya Muslims travelling in a bus.
Human Rights Watch said police and troops did not intervene to stop the mob from beating the Muslims to death.
During the riots that followed, it said, some Rohingyas who tried to flee were shot at by the paramilitary forces. (ANI)