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Landfall Island prisoner, Min Thar Tun, dies

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Min Thar Tun, 37, who was released from an Indian prison in May 2011, died of heart attack on Thursday in New Delhi.

Min Thar Tun is in the blue circle. Thirty-one Arakanese and Karen freedom fighters posed for a photograph on May 19, 2011, just before they were released from detention in India. Photo: MizzimaMin Thar Tun was a 2nd Lieutenant in the National Unity Party of Arakan (NUPA) when he was arrested by the Indian Army in 1998 at Landfall Island in the Andaman Islands along with 35 NUP and Karen National Union (KNU) colleagues

After being held in Kolkata prison for 13 years, he was released in May 2011 along with his colleagues. He had been living in New Delhi as a refugee recognized by the UNHCR.

Friends said that he had been accepted by the Netherlands in its refugee resettlement programme for departure in June.

“In his untimely death, we lost a person who had worked in the revolution and was well-liked,” a colleague, Danya Lin, who served with him in prison, told Mizzima.

Min Thar Tun was the second son of San Shwe Maung and Thaung Mya Sein. He was born in Ma Kyay village, Rathedaung Township, Rakhine State. He took part in 1988 popular uprising as an 8th grader and then fled to the Thai-Burma border when the army took power by coup after a brutal crack down. He then joined the NUPA in 1994. He served as an organizer and in public relations.

A funeral service was held at the Burma Resource Centre (BCRC) in New Delhi on Friday, with more than 100 people attending the service.

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