Youth attacked by night watchmen

Mar 3, 2009 (DVB), A youth was hospitalised with a broken hand after being attacked by night watchmen in Rangoon’s South Dagon new town on 28 February.

The incident occurred in Ward 70 after a bus conductor named Lin Lin Tun, who was returning from work around 1am, was chased by a dog and threw a stone at it.

The stone missed the dog and hit a bucket situated beneath a guardhouse, waking up the five sleeping watchmen in the process.

The watchmen then attacked him and the victim was left with a broken right hand and a cracked rib, a relative said.

"The watchmen reported it to the ward authority and they notified us at 4am," said the relative.

"He was lying there for three hours. When he regained consciousness, we sent him to the hospital and reported it to the police but no one came to get evidence from him yet."

Although the attackers are known to local people, the local police said they are still investigating the incident.

"We don't know who the attackers are except that they are five unknown people," said a police officer.

"We still have to ask the victims who the attackers were and we are carrying out an investigation. They will be punished accordingly," he said.

Local people said night watchmen have been sleeping on duty and bullying local people. The victim’s relatives are planning to report the incident to SPDC chairman General Than Shwe at Naypyidaw.

Reporting by Thurein Soe

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