The military regime has arrested people after a member of the People’s Defence Forces – Kachin Region (PDF-K) surrendered to the military shortly after completing his training.
“I heard that his parents handed him over to the Burma army. His parents are supporters of the green side,” a local, who requested anonymity for security reasons, told KNG. The ‘green side’ refers to the military regime’s armed forces.
The PDF member, whose identity is not yet known, is from Myay Nu Ward in Bhamo town and was part of PDF-K’s second training session.
“The Burma army has detained the PDF-K member who surrendered at their base…he probably provided information about those close to the group. This has led to arrests in Bhamo, where the army has beefed up its security protocols,” another man, who also wishes to remain anonymous, told KNG.
On Tuesday, regime soldiers arrested 20-year-old Ko Thet Naing Tun at his home near the Theindawgyi Pagoda in Bhamo. The young man is accused of having links to the group that opposes the dictatorship.
Recently, the military junta has promised to reward PDF members who surrender with money and other support. The announcements were published on television and in the regime’s newspapers, as well as on a large vinyl banner hung in public places in the towns of Mogaung, Hpakant, Bhamo, Mohnyin and Kamaing in Kachin State. It was also advertised in leaflets.