Biggest Islam association in Myanmar appeals for calm in wake of unrest in western state

Updated: 2012-06-09 10:57:00

(Xinhua)

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YANGON, June 9 (Xinhua) -- The All Myanmar Islam Association has appealed Muslims residing in the country to keep calm in the wake of unrest taking place in some towns in western Rakhine state Friday.

In a statement of request made public on Saturday, the association said "There have been different views among the people concerning the news reporting on the newspapers issued on June 5, 2012", adding that the association is seeking peaceful resolution within the framework of law.

"Islams are requested in all seriousness to live in tranquility in accordance with Islamic teachings, avoiding expression of wishes in groups," the statement said.

The statement condemned the terrorizing and destruction of lives and property of innocent people, expressing deepest sympathy for the loss of lives of innocent people, destruction of public property and those dismayed.

The statement called on the Islams living across Myanmar to need to live in accordance with the special request made by the association.

The statement also appealed to the government to take effective and prompt action against any act that can harm stability of the state and the peaceful living of the people in accordance with law.

Since Friday noon, Bengali Muslims set fire on residential houses of local Rakhinese in Maungtaw, stabbing people in groups and looting properties, according to reports.

Following the unrest in Maungtaw,  two township administration of Maungtaw and Buthidaung imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew order and ban on gathering of more than five people in an attempt to prevent further disruption of community peace and to restore  law and order.

According to local sources, at least four people were killed in the violence.  

The outbreak of the unrest came shortly after some bloody incidents occurred in the state over the past several days, in which three Bengali-Muslims were accused of raping and killing an ethnic Rakhinese woman on May 28, and 10 other Muslims were beaten to death in Taunggup on by unidentified mob on June 3.

According to latest report, the three men accused of raping and stabbing the local ethnic woman to death  have been arrested  and are being brought to trial.

Meanwhile, Myanmar government on Wednesday formed an investigation committee, headed by Deputy Home Minister Brigadier- General Kyaw Zan Myint,  to probe the recent bloody incident and the result is to report directly to the president by June 30.