Volunteer police officer beaten under interrogation

Nov 20, 2008 (DVB), Several volunteer police officers in Rangoon’s Thanlyin township have quit the force in disappointment after police beat up a member of the unpaid squad, according to locals.

A local resident said that the volunteer officer was beaten after being arrested on suspicion of theft and forgery.

"Ko Than Khine, also known as Powder Gyi, a resident of Myoma Taung ward in Thanlyin township and a voluntary member of the police and fire brigade, was detained by the police on 14 November," the resident said.

"He was interrogated overnight, and police officers kept him undressed during this time and beat him up and rolled a rolling pin over his legs," he said.

"Than Khine was picked up from the police station on the next morning by his family."

The resident said the Than Khine was so disappointed with the way he was treated by the police that he resigned from both the police and the fire brigade.

When his colleagues learned what had happened to him, several other volunteers also resigned from the police force.

"Many local people were so disappointed with the case that they suggested Than Khine file a report with the provincial Peace and Development Council," the resident said.

"The locals were told by the ward PDC chairman U Htay Aung that nothing will happen even if they file the report as he and the local authorities can just bribe the PPDC officials to make them drop the case."

Reporting by Phone Min Naing

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