Homes of two Kachin ceasefire groups’ officers monitored by junta
December 4, 2007KNG
Security agents of the Burmese military junta are closely monitoring the homes of the officers of two Kachin ceasefire groups—the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and New Democratic Army-Kachin (NDA-K) in Myitkyina Township, capital of Kachin State in Northern Burma, said sources.
Family members of KIO officials told KNG today that they are being asked three to five questions daily by officers of military intelligence also called Military Affairs Security Unit (Sa-Ya-Pha). This is being repeated twice a week or three days a week, since last week.
Military intelligence has mainly targeted the homes of KIO and NDA-K officials which were recently raided by the junta’s multi-security forces. They seized several illegal Chinese wireless land line telephones, said KIO and NDA-K sources in Myitkyina.
The junta’s policemen in Myitkyina, said they have been instructed to watch all the houses KIO and NDA-K officers including the houses of their relatives on the orders of Commander Maj-Gen Ohn Myint of Kachin State. The names of people whose homes have to be watched have been listed by junta authorities.
Two weeks ago, two of KIO’s main gold mining areas were temporarily made out of bounds by the Burmese military. The main ferry routes to one of the biggest KIO’s gold mining areas in upper Mali Hka River (Mayli Kha) in north of Myitkyina were cut off and other smaller gold mines along Namsan River on Myitkyina-Bhamo highway road was cracked down upon.
Currently, there is Burmese military movement near KIO controlled areas around Kachin State, according to KIO officials.
The strongest Kachin ceasefire group, KIO is being economically and militarily pressurized by the junta after the organization refused to issue a statement against Burma’s democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s November 8 statement released by UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari in Singapore.