A Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) worker claimed that a local defense force killed her father, retired policeman Cho Lwin, based on the false assumption that he was a military informant.
Cho Lwin, 60, was killed in Thabya village of Launglone Township in Tanintharyi Region on Oct. 18. He was reported to have been shot on his motorbike. The Launglone People’s Defense Force (PDF) claimed to have carried out the attack. It alleged that Cho Lwin was a military informant and organized training sessions for pro-junta Pyusawhti militias.
Cho Lwin’s daughter, herself a CDM member, told DVB that the Launglone PDF claims were false.
“I myself joined CDM and participated in the revolution. Now I have to lose both my father and my job. Many people know that my father is not what they accuse him to be. He has already retired. He was living normally,” she explained.
The Launglone PDF statement said that Cho Lwin was a former police sergeant, but the daughter said that he had retired from being a police warrant officer. Relatives and friends of Cho Lwin confirmed that he was, in fact, retired. The police had attempted to give him assignments after last year’s coup, but he had declined.
Launglone residents told DVB that Cho Lwin had recently visited a police station. But they added that there had never been allegations made that he was working with the junta or training Pyusawhti militias. According to them, an investigation into the murder of retired local policeman Cho Lwin has not been initiated, despite his daughter’s statements that he was killed by the Launglone PDF for being an alleged military informant.