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Indigenous victims of Sajek Muslim attack
On 20 April 2008 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked and burnt down 76 indigenous Buddhist houses in Sajek. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Buddhist villagers and grab their land. The indigenous Chakma Buddhists and their burnt down houses after the attack.

Bangladesh army tortures 2 indigenous Chakma Buddhists in Laxmichari

On 4 April 1989, Bangladesh army of 5 EBR led by Major Nurul Islam arrested 2 indigenous Chakma Buddhists in Laxmichari, Khagrachari district.

Bangladesh army accused indigenous men of being members of the Shanti Bahini. The army Major severely tortured the victims and burned the victims with cigarette. Bangladesh army extorted Tk. 3000.00 from each for their release. The victims are:

  1. Mr. Raj Kumar Chakma, 26 yrs, of Dewan Para, Laxmichari.
  2. Mr. Chikanya Chakma, 25 yrs, son of Mr. Khagendra Chakma of Member Para, Laxmichari.

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 withou trial, land grab, rape, religious persecution and ethnic cleansing against indigenous Buddhist, Hindu and Animist people in CHT.


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