Ten villagers in Kyaukme, Shan State North, have been detained and tortured over suspicion of collaboration with the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’, according to local sources.The 10 are:
|Name||Age||Village||Tract||Date of detention|
|1||Htart Kya aka Thein Aung||55||Kawng Teng||Pang Mark Meu||7 April|
|2||Sai Hsawng||45||Nyawng Pangla||Taw Hsang||9 April|
|3||Sai Harn||64||Nyawng Pangla||Taw Hsang||9 April|
|4||Arzingna||57||Zati Hawng||Pang Mark Meu||9 April|
|5||Zantima||37||Zati Hawng||Pang Mark Meu||12 April|
|6||Suzeya||38||Zati Hawng||Pang Mark Meu||12 April|
|7||Mawng Mya||38||Pakha||Taw Hsang||12 April|
|8||Sai Pan||35||Zati Hawng||Pang Mark Meu||12 April|
|9||Sai Pa||55||Kawng Teng||Pang Mark Meu||8 April|
|10||Than Kyaw||39||Pa Teng||Pang Mark Meu||-|
Mawng Mya, Sai Pan, Sai Pa and Than Kyaw were released afterwards, but others are still under detention. One source said villagers are especially concerned about Loong Harn (Sai Harn) who had received a severe head injury during interrogation and Zantima, whose bones in his hands were broken.
“Maybe our elected representatives can help?” one of the family members of the 6 remaining detainees wondered.
Kyaukme had elected 4 Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) candidates as their representatives:
Sai Thant Zin National Assembly representative
Sai Nelson aka
Sai Hsawng Hsi People’s Assembly representative
Sai Kham Kyaw State Assembly representative #1
Sai Than Maung State Assembly representative#2
The SNDP leader Sai Ai Pao, State Assembly representative for Hsenwi, is also a state minister for Industry and Mines as well as Sai Naw Kham, State Assembly representative for Hsipaw, who is a state minister for Construction.