Five Villagers Detained, 100 Displaced in Namtu Township

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The RCSS/SSA is accused of arresting five locals in northern Shan State.

Locals say that five Namtu Township villagers are missing and presumably being detained by an armed group, and 100 more people have fled to nearby Hsipaw as conflict continues in northern Shan State.

A native of Ner Kay village, 50-year-old Sai Teng was reportedly taken away by troops at around 8 a.m. last Thursday, and four more civilians from the village of Pang Kut were arrested in a similar manner on July 31.

Radio Free Asia reported the disappearance of the four villagers, linking it with the presence of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) in the area. Meanwhile, soldiers from the Northern Alliance—a coalition of ethnic armed groups, of which RCSS/SSA is not a member—accused the same Shan armed organization of detaining Sai Teng.

Speaking to SHAN on the condition of anonymity, an RCSS/SSA official said that the group does not arrest locals.

On the same day that the Pang Kut villagers disappeared, artillery shells landed near the community, in the southwestern part of Namtu Township, leading to 100 people fleeing the area and seeking refuge in neighboring Hsipaw.

Military tension in the area is linked to the presence of multiple armed groups, including government forces the RCSS/SSA, the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army, and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army.

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  1. It is not the policy of RCSS to ill treat or dtain civilains unless they are drug users or traders, unlike others. Their motto, as the name shows “To restore the homelands to whom they belong”- The are committed to help all Shan civilians and visa versa. Their presence in the area is being appreciated by the locals, and as a result of their appreciation they are donated with food and clothing from all over the Shan States, including Tai/Shan from China. Their some with green eyes are spreading fake news and mimic their soldiers to destroy their reputation. Shame on those , who call themselves Tai to be using their own as enemies. This is how I see it and I have been following your ations for a very long time.

  2. As the name applies RCSS,’s policy is to restore the Shan State back to its people. They have been helping the locals with whom they have very good relations. They respected and apprecated RCSS and Tai all over the Shan States, including those from China have been donating food and clothing th them., But some green eyed people are blaming and sending fake news to damage the reputation of others.

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