Man dies in regime custody in Bago after being shot during raid on restaurant 

A man died in custody after regime forces shot and then detained him during a raid on a restaurant in the city of Bago on Monday afternoon, his relatives said. 

Htet Zaw Win, who was 26 and also went by the name Nyan Sue, was eating lunch at the Athen restaurant when the raid began.

“Police and soldiers opened fire when they entered the restaurant,” said a relative of Htet Zaw Win who also witnessed the incident. “He tried to run away but he was shot from behind. He was shot in the buttock and fell down.” 

A 14-year-old boy was also arrested during the raid, the relative said. Myanmar Now was unable to obtain further details about the boy or his current status. 

Just hours later, at around 5pm, an official from the local ward administration office informed Nyan Sue’s family that he was dead and told them to come and retrieve his body from the morgue at Bago Hospital. 

Family members took the body at around 8am on Tuesday and will hold a funeral on Wednesday, said the relative, who requested anonymity for security reasons. 

Police in Bago could not be reached for comment.

Bago’s residents have suffered some of the worst violence at the hands of the regime for their pro-democracy protests in the wake of the February 1 coup. 

Dozens were reported killed on April 9 after soldiers crushed a major protest stronghold in the city’s Ma Ga Dit ward in a pre-dawn attack.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said it had confirmed 82 deaths from the crackdown. There are fears the actual number is higher as many who were wounded did not receive medical treatment after regime forces took control.

The coup regime has now killed over 800 people nationwide since it seized power. 


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