Who Killed A Myanmar Mechanic and Why?

A 39-year-old motorcycle mechanic in Kalay, Sagaing Region, called his wife at 8 pm to let her know that everything was fine.
A group of about 50 soldiers and police had arrived at his house earlier that day and began searching for something. He would have to come with them for questioning after they could not find whatever it was they were looking for.
“They told his wife not to worry. According to a family member, he only had to answer a few questions and would soon be released.
The night Min Min called, he told his wife that he had been questioned at a local interrogation camp about a recent explosion near Kalay’s Basic Education High School 6.
He told his wife that he was not being tortured and told her not to worry, says a family member.
A soldier in plainclothes accepted some food and clothing from Min Min’s wife the following morning.
Approximately an hour after returning home, she was informed he had passed away. When she went to collect his body at the 100-bed hospital adjacent to the camp, she was told it was caused by “an underlying lung issue.”.
As a result of his diabetes, Min Min had peripheral neuropathy, a nerve disorder. He was otherwise in good health.
Min Min’s death was apologized for by a military officer who offered him compensation in the amount of 500,000 kyat ($300). However, no further explanations could be provided.
“When we went to retrieve his body, we were angry, but we couldn’t show it because we were concerned that they would harm the family. So we just nodded and left,” the relative said.
As the family cleaned Min Min’s body, they noticed that it was covered in bruises and other signs of severe trauma.
“We found bruises on his chest and about three more on his forehead, which we believe were caused by a blow with a gunstock. That part of his forehead was very mushy,” a relative said.
In addition to the blood on his mouth, there were bruises on the back of his neck and on his ankles. His hands looked like they had been cut with a knife and there were stab wounds made with some kind of pointed object as well, the relative said.
Min Min was tortured while in military custody, but his family knew there was nothing they could do to hold his torturers legally accountable.
According to his friends, Min Min was not involved in any protests and was not a member of the National League for Democracy.
Those who knew him to believe he crossed the wrong person.
“We suspect he was an informant. His neighbor didn’t get along with him. Politics, not personal reasons. According to a friend, his neighbor is a well-known informant in the city.
Min Min has been working as a motorcycle mechanic in Kalay’s Myothar ward for 10 years. A year or so ago, he moved his workshop to its current location near the Nan Kalein stream.
Though he didn’t demonstrate his opposition during the anti-coup demonstrations, each evening at 8 pm he banged pots and pans, demonstrating his opposition in another way.
It was a common practice in many parts of the country, but not everyone agreed with it.
Min Min’s neighbor sent him a letter late in March complaining about the distressing sound and warning him that he would be reported to the authorities if he continued.
It was unclear whether the neighbor followed through on this threat, but it seems Min Min took it seriously.
After receiving the letter, he closed his shop for about a month. Just three weeks before he died, he decided to reopen the business so he could provide for his family.
Due to his death, his wife and two children will have to struggle to make ends meet. Since then, they have moved to Tharsi, where he is buried at the local cemetery.
His funeral was attended by around a thousand people.
In the past four months, 21 people have been tortured to death in detention, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
In Kalay, where some civilians are wearing hunting rifles as a response to the crackdown on protests, the first death has come at the hands of the regime’s forces. To our knowledge, he is the first person to be tortured to death in the region while being interrogated.

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