İrem UZUN -TDO- An official from Aung San Suu Kyi's party has died in custody in Myanmar after being arrested during raids by security forces in Yangon. On Sunday, the body of U Khin Maung Latt was released to his family, who were reportedly told that he had died after fainting. Photos show a bloodstained cloth around the 58-year-old official’s head.
National League for Democracy (NLD) official U Khin Maung Latt had worked as a campaign manager for one of two Muslim MPs elected in 2020. Ba Myo Thein, a member of parliament’s upper house which was dissolved after the coup, said reports of bruising to Khin Maung Latt’s head and body raised suspicions that he had been abused. “It seems that he was arrested at night and tortured severely,” he told Reuters. “This is totally unacceptable.”
The UN special rapporteur Tom Andrews told the BBC that video from different parts of Myanmar showed security forces firing repeatedly at buildings as they made arrests. "And you can see them walking down the streets in Yangon, firing up through the windows as people look in horror down on the streets," he said. "These are gangs. This is criminal activity. They're terrorizing these neighborhoods. So there is a compelling reason for the world to act and for the world to act now."
The UN says more than 50 people have been killed since the military detained Suu Kyi on 1 February. The military rulers asked neighboring India to return several police officers who had crossed the border seeking refuge after refusing to carry out orders.