Missing NLD member found dead

Oct 29, 2007 (DVB), A member of the National League for Democracy in Arakan who had been reported missing by his family members has been found dead, said his colleagues.

Nyi Pu Lay was member of the NLD in Taunggok township, and was an enthusiastic participant in last month’s protests.

He had been in hiding from arrest for nearly 20 days before his dead body was found decomposing in a creek near the township on 19 October, according to Arakan NLD’s joint-secretary U Thein Hlaing.

"Ko Nyi Pu Lay was with the protests all along the time. He fled his house on 1 October as he was living under threat of government arrest for his involvement in the protests," said U Thein Hlaing.

"His dead body, which was in bad shape, was found on the 19th, the police recovered it from the creek and buried it the next day," he said.

U Thein Hlaing said that the police claimed an autopsy was performed on Ko Nyi Pu Lay's body by the township [hospital] doctors before it was buried. They said no injury was found on the body.

Nyi Pu Lay’s family was not informed that his body had been found until they filed a missing person report at the police station four days after his death.

They were able to confirm that the deceased was Nyi Pu Lay when the police showed them the clothes he was wearing when his body was found.

This follows news that a number of other members of Taunggok NLD have been released.

Kyaw Khine, an 85-year-old elected member of parliament, Taunggok NLD chairman Than Phe and Htun Kyi, a member of Taunggok NLD communication committee were released on 24 October.

Taunggok township resident Tin Htun Aye, who joined the protests carrying a flag, was also released.

Soe Min, a solo protestor from a village in the township who called for junta leader senior general Than Shwe to be expelled from Buddhist society, was released despite being recently sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

Taunggok NLD secretary Min Aung continues to be detained.

Reporting by DVB

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