Student and lecturer arrested in campus raid

Feb 2, 2009 (DVB), A student and a university lecturer were arrested last Wednesday on Hlaing University campus in Rangoon by government officials who raided their dormitory and seized documents.

A student who lives near Kapaung dormitory on Hlaing campus said authorities arrested the lecturer in the dormitory after arresting a student who was staying with him for involvement in political activities.

The student, who witnessed the arrest, said the detained student was not registered at the dormitory but was staying there as a guest of the lecturer.

"Authorities arrested the student somewhere on the campus first and then raided the dorm where he was staying," he said.

"They also arrested the lecturer after they found some documents in the room."

Over the next two days, all the dorms in the campus were searched by intelligence officials in civilian clothing accompanied by professors from the university.

"They arrived at our dorm in four pick-up trucks on Friday in a surprise raid," the witness said.

"Now we are not allowed to receive visitors in our rooms."

Lecturers from Kapaung dormitory said the authorities were looking for three more students in connection with Wednesday's arrest.

The lectures would not identify the student and lecturer who were arrested for fear of being arrested themselves.

Reporting by Yee May Aung

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