A Muslim man was attacked by Buddhist nationalists after a neighbour heard him talking about religion and told the Ma Ba Tha.
Two pilots survived the crash, which involved a recommissioned Bell-206 helicopter used as a trainer aircraft.
Fears of a return of religious violence, favours from the ruling party and a large army presence conspired to land the USDP a standout victory in Meikhtila.
Court jailed farmers to five months in prison for trespassing and vandalism. Defendants say their lands were seized by senior officials in 1991.
WFP says it has cut its humanitarian aid to displaced persons in Meikhtila. BBC Burmese reports that it will further cut rice rations by 20 percent across the country.
Around 1,500 people displaced by communal violence in central Burma’s Meikhtila have been awarded homes in a newly built housing complex, according to a project official.