Hpakant teacher murdered by KIA member: police

A Myanmar police vehicle. Photo: Jacob Goldberg

Kachin State police have accused Karain Too Gyar, an alleged member of the Kachin Independence Army, of murdering Hpakant teacher Aung Zin Tun. The teacher’s body was discovered in January with around 1,030 bullet wounds, according to Eleven.

“We were told by a very reliable source that the murder of teacher Aung Zin Tun was committed by a member of the KIA. Unfortunately, we do not have the reach to arrest the murderer, but if one day we are able to do so, he will be tried for his crime,” Police Colonel Htun Oo told Eleven.

“For now, the court is handing this under Section 513 (Absconding Accused), and witnesses have clearly stated that the suspect was Karain Too Gyar from the KIA. Witnesses hail from the same village and know where the accused used to live, who his relatives are, and when he joined the KIA. The identities of the witnesses are secret, and they will be put under the necessary protection,” the police colonel said.

Police plan to issue a warrant for Karain Too Gyar’s arrest.

Aung Zin Tun was a teacher assigned to Hpakant Township’s Nantmaphit village. Unconfirmed sources say he was abducted from his home by three unidentified men on January 18.

Since the teacher’s murder, several protests have been held my education professionals around the country demanding additional security for teachers working in remote parts of the country and justice for the killers.

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