Terror in CHT

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On 12 June 1996 Bangladesh Army led by Lt. Ferdous abducted Kalpana Chakma (23), a human rights activist from her home at Lallyaghona village. Kalpana Chakma is still missing. It is believed that she might have been killed if she did not agree to marry Lieutenant Ferdous, the officer who led the abduction. Abduction of indigenous women is not unusual in CHT. Abduction and forced marriage of indigenous women are used as a technique to islamize the indigenous Buddhist people of CHT.

Bangladesh police tortures an indigenous Buddhist student in Matiranga

On 1 January 1989, Bangladesh police arrested an indigenous Chakma student at Matiranga, Khagrachari district. The victim was going back to his college from his home after vacation. Bangladesh police falsely accused him of being a member of the Shanti Bahini.

Bangladesh police tortured the victim during interrogation. The victim was kept without trial at Khagrachari jail. The victim was identified as Mr. Bimal Chandra Chakma (20) son of Mr. Kamini Kumar Chakma of Pablakhali in Dighinala, Khagrachari district. The victim is a 1st year student of Hat Hazari College, Chittagong.

India was partitioned on the basis of religion in 1947. 98.5% of the CHT population was non-Muslim during the partition. The indigenous people of CHT opted to join either India or Burma. But Muslim League conspired with the Boundary Commission and illegally annexed CHT with East Pakistan in violation of the principle of partition. Successive Bangladesh governments have been sponsoring Muslim settlers from plain land to dilute the indigenous people of CHT.

Bangladesh army's role in CHT is to protect the Muslim settlers and carry out massacre, extra-judicial killing, torture, detention without trial, land grabbing, rape, religious persecution and ethnic cleansing against indigenous Buddhist, Hindu and Animist people in CHT.


Sources:

Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti
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