By THE IRRAWADDY 7 March 2021
U Khin Maung Latt, a National League for Democracy (NLD) ward chairman in Pabedan Township, Yangon, has reportedly died after being tortured, hours after he was detained by soldiers and police on Saturday night.
The 58-year-old Muslim was violently beaten and kicked before being taken from his home at around 10pm, according to witnesses.
On Sunday morning, his family was informed that he died after “fainting” and retrieved his blood-soaked body from Mingaladon military hospital.
U Tun Kyi from the Former Political Prisoners Society, who is helping the family arrange the funeral, said the detained NLD member was tortured to death. The funeral is scheduled for Sunday evening.
U Khin Maung Latt actively campaigned for the NLD candidates in Pabedan in the 2015 and 2020 general elections. He was known for working for the social welfare of residents.
Following violent daytime crackdowns, the security forces moved into several wards in Yangon last night, breaking up NLD members’ homes, firing shots and making arrests. At least four NLD members in Pabedan and three party members from Kyauktada Township were detained on Saturday night.