Terror in CHT

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Shusovon Dewan

On 22 September 2012 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked indigenous Buddhist people in Rangamati. When the indigenous people counter attacked in self defence Bangladesh army took side with the Muslim settlers. 76 indigenous people were injured and numerous indigenous properties were destroyed.

Dr. Shusovon Dewan is an indigenous physician in Rangamati. Muslim settlers mercilessly beat him when they found him in the street.


Bangladesh army arrests an indigenous Chakma Buddhist in Mahalchari

On 28 Oct. 1989, Bangladesh army from the army camp at Mahalchari led by Lt. Col. Rukanuddin raided the house of an indigenous Buddhist Headman at Karalya Chari in Mahalchari, Khagrachari district. Bangladesh army arrested him on a false allegation of colaborating with the Shanti Bahini. The victim is:

  1. Mr. Nabadwip Headman, 50 yrs, son of Mr. Dampeda Karbari, of Karalya Chari, Kyanghat Mouza, Mahalchari.

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.


Sources:

PCJSS(Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
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