A member of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) succumbed to injuries on Saturday after being brutally beaten by two Burmese soldiers and the son of a lieutenant, sources within the party confirmed.
Sithu Htet, a local member of the NLD’s Maha Aungmayay chapter in Mandalay, was attacked by the three men at around 11pm on 19 September. He died in Mandalay General Hospital the following morning and funeral services were held on Tuesday.
The motivation for the attack remains unknown. Two of his assailants, both from the Burmese Army’s 33rd Infantry Division in Sagaing, have been ordered to return to their mother unit headquarters.
The third suspect, a civilian son of an army lieutenant, is being detained by police in Mandalay.
A member of the victim’s family said that they are demanding a full and fair police investigation but have not yet received a visit from local officers.