Myanmarâ€™s Ministry of Home Affairs reshuffled the police brigadier-generals of Myanmar Police Force, with the Border Guard Police Force commander of conflict-torn Maungdaw Township being replaced.
Former chief of Mandalay Region No. 3 Security Police Command Police Brig-Gen Myint Toe has replaced Police Brig-Gen Thura San Lwin as the chief of Maungdaw Border Guard Police Force, said the latterâ€™s personal staff officer Police Lieutenant Lin Lin Oo.
â€œHe has served in Rakhine State for one year, and did his best during his tenure. He was able to put the police force in a state of combat readiness. But not everything was perfect,â€ said police lieutenant Lin Lin Oo.
In the aftermath of attacks on border guard police outposts in Maungdaw last Octoberâ€”in which nine police officers were killed and large amount of ammunition was seizedâ€”Police Brig-Gen Thura San Lwin replaced Police Brig-Gen Maung Maung Khin as the chief of the local border guard police force.
Police Brig-Gen Maung Maung Khin and two other police officers were imprisoned for negligence.
Ensuing â€œclearance operationsâ€ in northern Rakhine by the Myanmar Army and police were dogged by allegations of serious human rights abuses including rape, extra-judicial killings, and arson.
In December, a video emerged of police beating self-identifying Rohingya villagersin northern Rakhineâ€™s Rathedaung Township.
Police Brig-Gen Myint Toe has taken over the responsibility from Police Brig-Gen Thura San Lwin in Maungdaw on Tuesday, said his personal staff officer.
Police Brig-Gen Myint Toe, who was transferred from the Myanmar Army, served as commanders of police forces in Chin State and Tanintharyi Region before being promoted to lead Mandalay Region No. 3 Security Police Command.
Police Colonel Myo Thant, the chief of Oil Field Security Police Force, was promoted to police Brig-Gen to succeed Police Brig-Gen Myint Toe.
Police Brig-Gen Mya Win, the chief of Yangon Region No. 2 Security Police Command succeeds Police Brig-Gen Htay Aung who has retired as the chief of Rakhien State capital Sittwe No. 2 Security Police Command. Police Brig-Gen Tin Ko Ko of Naypyitaw No. 1 Security Police Command succeeds Police Brig-Gen Mya Win.
â€œIt is usual for the police force to make a reshuffle once a year, an d it is not necessarily concerned with their performance,â€ a retired police officer from Yangon told The Irrawaddy on condition of anonymity.
Police Brig-Gen Maung Maung Khin was imprisoned for two years after the first attacks on border guard police outposts in Maungdaw last year, but Brig-Gen Thura San Lwin was brought back to Naypyitaw to head Naypyitaw No. 1 Security Police Command after the second attacks in August this year.
Home Affairs minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe during his Rakhine State visit after last yearâ€™s attacks said that Thura San Lwin would be able to put Maungdaw under control as he had achieved the â€˜Thuraâ€™ titleâ€”a military title awarded for gallantryâ€”during the battle with Burma Communist Party (BCP) troops.