Residents in Southern Shan State have been complaining about being tortured and killed by Wanpang People’s Militia Force (PMF), according to SHAN sources in the area.
Wanpang Shan State Army – South (SSA-S) seized precursors and “cooking” utensils of drugs from PMF and 60 militiamen had joined SSA in December.
Wanpang PMF is a group that had split from the SSA to become a People’s Militia Force that is controlled by the Burma army. Since then the group has been producing drugs in the area.
After it has lost its drug factory and 60 men to SSA, PMF leaders Kaling Htoi, Kawng Leng and Taw Na began torturing and killing the people in Wanpang, Laikhai Township, Shan State South. The family members of the 60 men have been ordered to look for recruits to replace those 60 men, a resident in the area told SHAN.
The PMF had arrested Sai Eim Ta Aung and locked him up in a small underground detection and also have taken his wife Nang Sar Lu and daughter. The group took them, because it want one of their sons to join the group, the residents said.
Many villagers have been reportedly tortured and killed because PMF group think these villagers have connection with SSA. As a result of itsterrorism, in about half of the people in the village have left.
According to Sai Mong, villagers cannot do anything except leaving their homes because the PMF is under the control of Burma government and they are legal under the 2008 constitution.
Some villagers who do not want to join the PMF have to hire other persons which cost between 150,000 ($ 187.5) to 4 million Kyat ($ 50,000) per person for one year, the residents said.