Mizzima ,09 June 2008, Chiang Mai -- Relief materials meant for cyclone victims were discovered at the Township Peace and Development Council (PDC) office watchman's residence even as the loss of PDC's office fund is being investigated in Khayan Township, Rangoon Division, local residents said.
The fund of Kyat 1,700,000 went missing from the office of Khayan Township PDC and a case was registered at the police station on May 27. The police raided the residence of Ko Aye Hlaing, watchman of the PDC office and found the relief materials donated by the international community for victims of cyclone Nargis, the local residents said.
The relief materials found in his house included trunks, waterproof torch lights, waterproof matchboxes, mosquito nets among other things.
Ko Aye Hlaing is known in the township as a trusted staff of the Township PDC Chairman.
Insiders said that the missing cash is part of the money collected for the Township PDC fund from 49 mobile phone applicants at Kyat 150,000 per head totaling Kyat 7,350,000.
"First Kyat 500,000 was lost, then 1,000,000. But the authorities put the lid on the loss and refrained from filing a complaint at the police station. This time the amount was huge and they could not hush it up. And then the police found skeletons in the township PDC office cupboard," an insider said.