Seven people were arrested in Hpakant town on Sunday, accused of supporting the People’s Defence Force (PDF), which are fighting the military regime in the region and across the country.
According to a local who wishes to remain anonymous, 50 soldiers were sent in trucks to Maw Wan Ward around 1am to arrest them. “I think they got certain information about these people,” he said, because the soldiers arrested them all even though they were staying in different places.
Ko Myo Thant, who’s a barber, Ko Hpoe Cham, U Hpu Lam Hkai, U Chit Khaing, U Kyaw Myint, U Nawng Nawng (also called U Phyo Kyaw) and U Aung Zeyya were detained on a strategic hill in the town where the military has a camp.
Another man, who also requested anonymity, said soldiers arrested a man named Ko Wai Lon on 10 March and the other seven men were arrested later, suspecting a connection between the arrests. However, the Hpakant PDF has stated that none of the men are revolutionaries.
In 2023, the military regime has arrested many civilians after informants have provided it with details about so-called activists in Hpakant Township.
On Saturday, government soldiers arrested five civilians and four Kachin Independence Army and PDF members at the start of a meeting at the Kachin Culture and Literature Association’s office in Hper Pyin village.
In January, soldiers arrested some miners at jade blocks in the township.